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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,280Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 1019

$589K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 1019

550 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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 7,535 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 27%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 425 385 1 16
CLOPIDOGREL 381 342 2 7
SPIRONOLACTONE 376 330 3 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 376 352 3 10
TRANDOLAPRIL 324 281 10 5 117
SOTALOL 310 298 6 35
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 295 245 7 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 275 259 8 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 269 253 9 9
PLAVIX 237 227 10 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 231 201 11 12
CRESTOR 217 201 12 13
FUROSEMIDE 212 192 13 6
LISINOPRIL 208 188 14 2
CARVEDILOL 202 168 15 3
ZETIA 191 180 16 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 191 174 16 4
BYSTOLIC 182 166 18 26
SIMVASTATIN 181 175 19 5
DIGOXIN 157 132 20 14
RANEXA 130 118 21 32
BENICAR 114 104 22 72
DIOVAN 113 98 23 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 102 24 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 106 98 25 8
VERAPAMIL ER 103 103 26 77
RAMIPRIL 100 80 27 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 99 99 28 15
VYTORIN 90 86 29 62
NIASPAN 86 85 30 33
PROPAFENONE HCL 84 84 31 64
FAMOTIDINE 78 66 32 82
ATENOLOL 74 69 33 19
LIPITOR 73 72 34 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 73 34 46
NITROSTAT 70 67 36 27
CLONIDINE HCL 69 60 37 29
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 58 37 34
PRADAXA 67 67 39 24
AMIODARONE HCL 64 64 40 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 60 47 41 25
MICARDIS 55 53 42 146
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 54 54 43 59
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 32 44 17
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 44 45 97
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 May 16, 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.