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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,979Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 1448

$572K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 97 out of 1448

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

4% of this provider’s 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,853 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$36 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,230 1,136 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 1,121 1,037 2 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 737 670 3 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 693 656 4 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 678 626 5 2
DIOVAN 623 610 6 15
METFORMIN HCL 588 536 7 25
LISINOPRIL 430 399 8 5
DIGOXIN 391 365 9 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 337 320 10 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 321 296 11 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 315 287 12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 300 271 13 11
OMEPRAZOLE 283 270 14 23
CLONIDINE HCL 258 233 15 45
JANUVIA 253 243 16 64
ATENOLOL 248 242 17 12
CARVEDILOL 245 226 18 1
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 243 241 19 42
MELOXICAM 220 211 20 73
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 211 178 21 48
IBUPROFEN 202 181 22 85
NITROSTAT 190 181 23 31
KLOR-CON 8 175 171 24 70
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 165 25 18
CLOPIDOGREL 164 137 26 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 159 159 27 41
PLAVIX 148 139 28 14
GABAPENTIN 147 144 29 51
GLIPIZIDE 143 131 30 75
FAMOTIDINE 141 136 31 60
AMIODARONE HCL 137 137 32 22
CELEBREX 135 125 33 77
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 111 34 6
PAROXETINE HCL 130 111 35 121
ZETIA 118 118 36 28
DILTIAZEM HCL 112 111 37 145
CRESTOR 111 111 38 17
MEGESTROL ACETATE 111 108 R 38 126
GLYBURIDE 110 96 R 40 89
LANTUS 100 91 41 111
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 96 96 42 20
HYDRALAZINE HCL 94 82 43 44
BENAZEPRIL HCL 94 90 43 26
MECLIZINE HCL 91 82 45 108
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 85 46 34
ALLOPURINOL 80 80 47 43
NEXIUM 75 75 48 49
NIFEDIPINE ER 75 75 48 59
AZITHROMYCIN 66 54 50 76
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 62 55 51 63
ACTOS 60 54 52 92
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 53 53 46
FINASTERIDE 52 52 54 141
TRAMADOL HCL 52 45 54 56
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 25, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.