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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,200Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 190

$976K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 190

647 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 8,441 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $65 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 661 576 1 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 614 499 2 9
CARVEDILOL 584 481 3 2
CRESTOR 513 405 4 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 473 434 5 14
LISINOPRIL 425 342 6 1
CHLORTHALIDONE 348 306 7 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 314 260 8 11
CLOPIDOGREL 307 273 9 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 251 218 10 3
CILOSTAZOL 241 198 11 41
PLAVIX 235 209 12 10
RAMIPRIL 218 196 13 23
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 198 191 14 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 197 142 15 22
LIPITOR 188 155 16 33
ZETIA 181 142 17 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 169 148 18 16
SIMVASTATIN 166 158 19 5
PRADAXA 162 124 20 21
RANEXA 148 105 21 26
FENOFIBRATE 140 111 22 48
TORSEMIDE 139 116 23 39
DIGOXIN 125 95 24 17
ATENOLOL 124 109 25 19
FUROSEMIDE 122 90 26 7
COUMADIN 119 116 27 74
BUMETANIDE 118 94 28 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 90 29 18
MULTAQ 97 67 30 38
XARELTO 93 88 31 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 81 31 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 89 57 33 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 83 67 34 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 76 71 35 56
AMIODARONE HCL 75 72 36 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 73 67 37 64
LOVAZA 70 62 38 72
NIASPAN 66 41 39 35
DIOVAN 65 59 40 20
BENICAR 55 44 41 63
TRICOR 54 37 42 71
CLONIDINE HCL 53 21 43 34
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 Dec. 30, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.