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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,369Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 1019

$473K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 119 out of 1019

793 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

0% of this provider’s 9,290 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 641 562 1 1
CARVEDILOL 635 520 2 3
CLOPIDOGREL 496 446 3 7
LISINOPRIL 475 423 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 475 458 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 425 370 6 5
AMIODARONE HCL 403 334 7 22
PLAVIX 389 345 8 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 331 276 9 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 319 281 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 302 250 11 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 302 272 11 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 287 261 13 15
CRESTOR 279 257 14 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 237 217 15 10
DIGOXIN 223 191 16 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 211 190 17 25
SOTALOL 195 193 18 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 190 175 19 16
SPIRONOLACTONE 175 154 20 23
PRADAXA 170 170 21 24
ATENOLOL 159 154 22 19
NITROSTAT 151 131 23 27
PACERONE 148 126 10 24 88
PROPAFENONE HCL 137 133 25 64
CLONIDINE HCL 134 128 26 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 122 27 28
CILOSTAZOL 112 83 28 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 111 29 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 85 85 30 48
LABETALOL HCL 81 53 31 63
DIOVAN HCT 81 74 31 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 70 33 17
TRICOR 72 68 34 61
VYTORIN 71 66 35 62
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 65 36 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 67 37 47
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 52 51 38 109
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 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.