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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,268Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 79 out of 1448

$641K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 76 out of 1448

448 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

5% of this provider’s 448 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,609 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

54% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 960 894 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 616 546 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 520 478 3 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 376 362 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 370 345 5 2
DIOVAN 352 335 6 15
MULTAQ 349 326 10 7 57
XARELTO 329 314 10 8 58
CARVEDILOL 321 299 9 1
LISINOPRIL 247 234 10 5
PRADAXA 225 209 11 27
BENICAR 199 184 12 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 199 173 12 9
CLOPIDOGREL 178 156 14 10
CRESTOR 176 164 15 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 174 153 16 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 172 153 17 8
AMIODARONE HCL 159 140 18 22
METFORMIN HCL 156 149 19 25
PLAVIX 152 140 20 14
DIOVAN HCT 135 135 21 29
KLOR-CON 8 116 97 22 70
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 101 23 16
NITROSTAT 99 91 24 31
BYSTOLIC 87 87 25 32
NIFEDIPINE ER 87 79 25 59
BENAZEPRIL HCL 74 58 27 26
RANEXA 72 72 28 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 66 29 18
DIGOXIN 70 70 30 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 64 31 11
TRILIPIX 67 67 32 86
FENOFIBRATE 60 48 33 54
EFFIENT 59 53 34 69
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 55 35 46
LIPITOR 52 52 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 Sept. 19, 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.