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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,804Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 1448

$1.49M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 1448

1,208 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,208 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 21,479 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,445 1,428 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,150 1,133 2 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 710 707 3 41
OMEPRAZOLE 703 679 4 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 635 635 5 11
ATENOLOL 607 593 6 12
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 464 458 7 96
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 464 459 7 38
METFORMIN HCL 400 386 9 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 396 395 10 4
BENAZEPRIL HCL 383 375 11 26
NIFEDIPINE ER 360 360 12 59
LISINOPRIL 341 337 13 5
DIOVAN 333 333 14 15
FUROSEMIDE 302 302 15 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 286 285 16 9
AMOXICILLIN 279 273 17 142
MELOXICAM 276 276 18 73
FAMOTIDINE 269 265 19 60
CARVEDILOL 258 255 20 1
DIOVAN HCT 257 242 21 29
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 243 243 R 22 132
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 229 220 23 21
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 224 216 24 171
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 224 208 24 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 216 216 26 46
LOVASTATIN 207 204 27 35
CLOPIDOGREL 205 205 28 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 202 29 18
PLAVIX 199 199 30 14
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 195 194 31 188
ACTOS 194 194 32 92
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 187 176 S3 33 33
NABUMETONE 187 185 33 140
JANUVIA 180 180 35 64
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 177 161 36 20
DIGOXIN 173 173 37 13
AZITHROMYCIN 172 169 38 76
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 171 171 39 194
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 169 39 8
FLUOCINONIDE 164 164 41 144
GLIPIZIDE 163 162 42 75
COMBIVENT 160 160 43 147
MECLIZINE HCL 160 160 43 108
LIDODERM 159 150 45 81
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 158 158 46 16
ALLOPURINOL 157 149 47 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 148 48 6
ACTONEL 134 134 49 117
FINASTERIDE 126 126 50 141
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 123 123 51 67
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 121 121 52 225
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 119 119 53 19
IBUPROFEN 117 116 54 85
NEXIUM 117 114 54 49
HYDROXYZINE HCL 111 110 R 56 195
GLIMEPIRIDE 108 103 57 66
GABAPENTIN 106 102 58 51
EVISTA 106 106 58 134
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 105 105 60 239
NIFEDICAL XL 101 101 61 162
GLYBURIDE 101 101 R 61 89
MEGESTROL ACETATE 98 98 R 63 126
LIPITOR 86 86 64 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 84 65 42
GEMFIBROZIL 85 81 65 127
ONGLYZA 84 84 67 180
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 83 83 68 55
PENICILLIN V POTASSIUM 82 79 69 339
PREDNISONE 75 75 70 110
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 75 70 74
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 70 69 72 65
CELEBREX 69 67 73 77
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 69 65 R 73 216
CEPHALEXIN 68 68 75 138
VOLTAREN 68 68 75 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 68 75 130
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 66 64 78 250
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 64 64 79 63
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 62 62 80 363
NITROSTAT 61 60 81 31
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 60 60 82 281
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 56 83 137
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 58 84 24
FELODIPINE ER 58 58 84 133
KLOR-CON 8 58 58 84 70
SINGULAIR 58 58 84 91
PROAIR HFA 55 54 88 104
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 52 89 210
COLCRYS 50 50 90 183
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 May 17, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.