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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,262Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 464

$397K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 464

332 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,990 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 Massachusetts
SIMVASTATIN 465 421 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 316 282 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 315 276 3 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 298 236 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 241 5 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 245 197 6 37
DIOVAN 241 213 7 20
CRESTOR 228 176 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 227 208 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 205 172 10 22
CARVEDILOL 201 195 11 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 198 181 12 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 193 137 13 16
LOVASTATIN 187 161 14 29
LISINOPRIL 179 135 15 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 164 162 16 8
METFORMIN HCL ER 152 127 17 77
DIOVAN HCT 127 114 18 83
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 96 19 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 105 20 32
BENAZEPRIL HCL 105 85 21 110
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 101 62 22 15
ATENOLOL 97 87 23 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 91 24 7
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 76 25 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 85 26 10
KLOR-CON M20 87 74 27 38
CLOPIDOGREL 77 60 28 17
GLYBURIDE 77 72 R 28 62
SERTRALINE HCL 74 54 30 50
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 61 30 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 71 63 32 23
FELODIPINE ER 69 57 33 109
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 39 34 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 40 35 73
PLAVIX 62 48 36 21
PREDNISONE 59 43 37 60
AZITHROMYCIN 58 48 38 68
KLOR-CON 10 57 56 39 113
ALLOPURINOL 56 48 40 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 55 49 41 40
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 Sept. 18, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.