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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,016Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 210

$612K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 210

387 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 387 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,151 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$87 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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 California
CARVEDILOL 275 222 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 259 233 2 8
DIOVAN 243 188 3 17
GABAPENTIN 239 214 4 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 232 185 5 15
SIMVASTATIN 230 227 6 2
SPIRIVA 178 160 7 72
DIOVAN HCT 162 153 8 26
EXFORGE HCT 142 132 9 91
NIASPAN 136 125 10 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 124 11 4
GLIPIZIDE 128 128 12 82
OMEPRAZOLE 118 105 13 31
BYSTOLIC 116 111 14 32
METFORMIN HCL 113 99 15 34
EXFORGE 111 79 16 65
CLOPIDOGREL 110 80 17 10
CRESTOR 105 102 18 14
DEXILANT 103 96 19 92
PLAVIX 97 87 20 11
MELOXICAM 92 79 21 82
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 86 71 22 7
ACTOS 84 77 23 84
TRILIPIX 83 74 24 86
WARFARIN SODIUM 82 72 25 9
BACLOFEN 78 60 26 141
ONGLYZA 72 60 27 144
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 68 28 24
NAMENDA 65 65 29 90
IBUPROFEN 63 59 30 107
COREG CR 62 50 31 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 61 32 87
MIDODRINE HCL 59 51 33 157
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 48 34 46
PAROXETINE HCL 56 50 34 122
LYRICA 55 55 36 105
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 52 S3 37 165
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 54 42 37 30
ACTOPLUS MET 53 45 39 168
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 52 39 13
DIGOXIN 50 47 41 16
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 46 41 130
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 Nov. 13, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.