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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,224Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 80

$496K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 80

735 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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 Rhode Island
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,471 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 Rhode Island
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,049 978 1 8
LISINOPRIL 853 755 2 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 807 743 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 747 699 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 606 578 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 565 498 6 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 534 502 7 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 524 506 8 6
DIGOXIN 369 348 9 11
ATENOLOL 339 311 10 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 306 295 11 13
CARVEDILOL 242 234 12 10
ZETIA 241 225 13 25
DIOVAN 236 225 14 19
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 170 164 15 29
CLOPIDOGREL 153 148 16 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 153 148 16 17
LIPITOR 152 135 18 22
BYSTOLIC 150 150 19 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 148 127 20 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 144 139 21 15
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 140 140 22 77
PLAVIX 130 126 23 20
BENICAR 124 123 24 63
RAMIPRIL 123 110 25 32
KLOR-CON M20 116 91 26 34
NIFEDIPINE ER 102 102 27 62
CRESTOR 91 89 28 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 87 29 38
FENOFIBRATE 82 79 30 26
BENICAR HCT 71 71 31 106
QUINAPRIL HCL 71 71 31 33
NITROSTAT 66 60 33 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 66 66 33 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 63 58 35 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 59 36 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 56 37 57
LOVASTATIN 56 53 38 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55 55 39 43
KLOR-CON 10 55 55 39 82
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 53 41 37
TRICOR 52 41 42 78
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. 9, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.