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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,589Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 1448

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 1448

863 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

4% of this provider’s 863 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 863 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 8,266 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$115 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 593 399 S3 1 33
FUROSEMIDE 395 295 2 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 268 216 3 19
SIMVASTATIN 251 200 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 229 188 5 21
CARVEDILOL 221 141 6 1
OMEPRAZOLE 211 183 7 23
LISINOPRIL 203 167 8 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 188 153 9 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 187 89 10 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 177 157 11 2
GABAPENTIN 164 141 12 51
ATENOLOL 152 135 13 12
CLOPIDOGREL 147 124 14 10
PREDNISONE 145 115 15 110
CARISOPRODOL 143 61 R 16 176
BENAZEPRIL HCL 142 129 17 26
PLAVIX 141 119 18 14
RAMIPRIL 131 105 19 36
METFORMIN HCL 121 101 20 25
DIGOXIN 116 96 21 13
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 115 82 22 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 92 23 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 108 85 24 9
AZITHROMYCIN 107 86 25 76
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 107 84 25 11
LEVOFLOXACIN 102 80 27 131
AMIODARONE HCL 98 75 28 22
ALLOPURINOL 86 74 29 43
MELOXICAM 74 63 30 73
TRAMADOL HCL 73 57 31 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 48 32 6
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 55 33 65
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 30 34 48
CELEBREX 60 48 35 77
GLIPIZIDE 60 49 35 75
PRADAXA 58 55 37 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 54 38 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 31 38 24
KLOR-CON M20 55 49 40 161
NEXIUM 55 44 40 49
MULTAQ 54 45 42 57
TEKTURNA 54 54 42 106
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 48 R 42 126
DIOVAN 52 40 45 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 39 45 46
KLOR-CON 10 52 48 45 102
GLYBURIDE 50 45 R 48 89
LUNESTA 50 50 48 218
SOTALOL 50 42 48 40
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 7, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.