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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,444Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 1019

$633K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 1019

834 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

6% of this provider’s 834 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 9,412 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 1,137 921 1 1
CLOPIDOGREL 1,037 884 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 791 657 3 5
PLAVIX 738 613 4 11
FUROSEMIDE 718 577 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 463 386 6 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 451 379 7 15
CARVEDILOL 411 297 8 3
ATENOLOL 380 341 9 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 378 300 10 10
QUINAPRIL HCL 349 273 11 81
LISINOPRIL 318 266 12 2
AMIODARONE HCL 312 253 13 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 281 267 14 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 272 220 15 9
CRESTOR 213 171 16 13
PRADAXA 196 173 17 24
DIOVAN 192 163 18 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 148 128 19 12
NIASPAN 140 116 20 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 105 21 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 102 22 16
LOVASTATIN 103 74 23 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 102 86 24 47
KLOR-CON M20 97 76 25 56
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 96 78 26 38
RAMIPRIL 95 76 27 21
DIOVAN HCT 93 92 28 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 88 65 S3 29 36
CLONIDINE HCL 85 65 30 29
PACERONE 84 56 31 88
LIPITOR 77 58 32 37
MULTAQ 70 62 33 49
EFFIENT 57 50 34 53
DIGOXIN 55 35 35 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 46 36 28
ZETIA 54 45 36 30
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 20, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.