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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,925Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 1019

$690K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 1019

580 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,499 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Texas
SIMVASTATIN 650 613 1 5
LISINOPRIL 623 608 2 2
CARVEDILOL 565 519 3 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 383 353 4 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 374 336 5 1
CRESTOR 343 325 6 13
ATENOLOL 323 317 7 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 314 309 8 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 308 304 9 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 299 284 10 18
ZETIA 259 253 11 30
VYTORIN 250 242 12 62
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 219 205 13 8
FUROSEMIDE 215 196 14 6
RAMIPRIL 199 196 15 21
PLAVIX 187 186 16 11
CLOPIDOGREL 185 181 17 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 184 177 18 25
DIGOXIN 179 158 19 14
METFORMIN HCL ER 177 171 20 143
COUMADIN 156 147 21 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 146 145 22 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 143 132 23 15
PRADAXA 118 118 24 24
TRANDOLAPRIL 116 113 25 117
DIOVAN 114 113 26 20
HYDRALAZINE HCL 96 96 27 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 91 91 28 16
ALLOPURINOL 85 85 29 75
AMIODARONE HCL 79 79 30 22
LIPITOR 77 73 31 37
NEXIUM 77 66 31 52
GEMFIBROZIL 70 66 33 83
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 70 33 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 69 35 80
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 68 36 38
ACTOS 67 59 37 167
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 50 38 23
OMEPRAZOLE 62 62 39 41
JANTOVEN 59 59 40 73
EFFIENT 58 58 41 53
BENICAR 58 58 41 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 57 46 43 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 51 44 46
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Jan. 29, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.