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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,053Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 1448

$396K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 213 out of 1448

422 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

3% of this provider’s 422 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 422 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,915 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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
SIMVASTATIN 631 574 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 399 360 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 381 361 3 21
BENAZEPRIL HCL 373 329 4 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 358 312 S3 5 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 343 315 6 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 321 299 7 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 317 294 8 18
LISINOPRIL 311 307 9 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 273 240 10 9
METFORMIN HCL 239 200 11 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 191 160 12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 185 180 13 11
ATENOLOL 176 169 14 12
CARVEDILOL 176 149 14 1
ALLOPURINOL 160 151 16 43
GLIPIZIDE 155 135 17 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 149 128 18 129
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 146 138 19 4
DIOVAN 142 124 20 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 139 21 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 106 22 19
OMEPRAZOLE 129 117 23 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 100 24 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 113 25 46
CRESTOR 94 94 26 17
DIGOXIN 86 49 27 13
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 81 71 28 55
AMOXICILLIN 73 61 29 142
AZITHROMYCIN 67 58 30 76
TRAZODONE HCL 65 52 31 128
FINASTERIDE 63 62 32 141
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 33 227
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 51 34 137
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 56 34 20
GABAPENTIN 55 54 36 51
AMIODARONE HCL 54 51 37 22
RAMIPRIL 53 46 38 36
JANUVIA 53 41 38 64
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 30 38 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 48 41 42
LOVASTATIN 51 50 42 35
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 39 43 52
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 42 43 151
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 45 43 182
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 50 R 43 153
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.