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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,352Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 104 out of 1448

$656K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 1448

312 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

12% of this provider’s 312 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 6,826 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
SIMVASTATIN 400 321 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 232 201 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 219 189 3 7
METFORMIN HCL 208 173 4 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 194 163 S3 5 33
OMEPRAZOLE 182 129 6 23
CARVEDILOL 176 152 7 1
TRAMADOL HCL 160 139 8 56
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 153 139 9 21
FENOFIBRATE 134 118 10 54
AZITHROMYCIN 115 94 11 76
ALLOPURINOL 107 80 12 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 94 12 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 75 14 34
ACTOS 94 67 15 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 84 15 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 86 17 38
BENAZEPRIL HCL 89 72 18 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 89 76 18 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 85 78 20 19
LISINOPRIL 83 73 21 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 80 22 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 78 23 24
ATENOLOL 77 61 24 12
MEGESTROL ACETATE 76 76 R 25 126
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 72 25 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 63 25 150
ZETIA 73 61 28 28
RAMIPRIL 71 70 29 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 50 30 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 68 43 30 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 47 32 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 64 33 68
NAMENDA 64 54 34 93
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 45 35 11
TRICOR 61 38 36 94
DIGOXIN 58 44 37 13
DIOVAN HCT 56 38 38 29
GABAPENTIN 56 45 38 51
ACTOPLUS MET 55 35 40 237
DIOVAN 54 49 41 15
DILTIAZEM ER 54 45 41 78
NIASPAN 54 38 41 47
CLONIDINE 52 30 44 192
ACARBOSE 52 39 44 210
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 34 R 46 209
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 50 47 67
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 March 27, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.