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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,244Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 1448

$795K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 1448

1,006 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,888 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 993 953 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 972 951 2 2
ATENOLOL 760 748 3 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 638 609 4 4
CARVEDILOL 602 582 5 1
SIMVASTATIN 494 484 6 3
CLOPIDOGREL 450 441 7 10
PLAVIX 419 413 8 14
DIOVAN HCT 398 398 9 29
DIOVAN 367 353 10 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 353 345 11 16
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 276 271 12 53
WARFARIN SODIUM 275 261 13 8
BENICAR HCT 263 263 14 84
FAMOTIDINE 211 200 15 60
AMIODARONE HCL 200 187 16 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 180 179 17 46
NIFEDIPINE ER 174 167 18 59
LISINOPRIL 173 165 19 5
NEXIUM 171 159 20 49
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 152 137 21 9
DIGOXIN 152 150 21 13
BYSTOLIC 144 144 23 32
NITROSTAT 143 140 24 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 134 25 11
LIPITOR 138 138 26 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 129 27 38
FUROSEMIDE 115 106 28 7
VERAPAMIL ER 114 92 29 88
OMEPRAZOLE 110 108 30 23
AZOR 109 107 31 125
BENICAR 106 106 32 50
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 102 102 33 63
RANEXA 97 96 34 37
NIASPAN 95 94 35 47
CELEBREX 90 81 36 77
CRESTOR 89 87 37 17
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 83 83 38 55
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 78 78 39 21
EFFIENT 77 76 40 69
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 76 75 41 34
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 76 76 41 48
TRICOR 75 75 43 94
SPIRIVA 67 67 44 97
EVISTA 67 67 44 134
CREON 66 66 46 168
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 47 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 60 48 20
NIFEDICAL XL 57 52 49 162
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 56 53 50 72
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 52 45 51 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 52 18
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. 27, 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.