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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,873Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 886

$450K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 886

844 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,331 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 Pennsylvania
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 880 733 1 8
LISINOPRIL 741 506 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 683 536 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 491 361 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 478 299 5 2
CARVEDILOL 466 304 6 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 360 237 7 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 317 217 8 4
COREG CR 290 246 10 9 103
CRESTOR 266 225 10 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 261 190 11 11
BYSTOLIC 234 178 12 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 206 180 13 16
DIOVAN HCT 196 162 14 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 193 143 15 48
CLOPIDOGREL 177 106 16 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169 127 17 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 102 18 18
OMEPRAZOLE 147 106 19 28
DIGOXIN 147 88 19 12
FUROSEMIDE 139 106 21 5
CLONIDINE 130 111 22 167
DIOVAN 126 100 23 19
PLAVIX 117 84 24 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 104 64 25 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 53 26 50
METFORMIN HCL 81 67 27 39
NITROSTAT 79 55 28 31
BUMETANIDE 79 57 28 40
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 73 72 30 27
EXFORGE 73 51 30 88
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 58 32 49
JANUVIA 58 27 33 107
PRADAXA 56 56 34 21
ACTOS 54 33 35 214
SPIRIVA 54 36 35 99
CLONIDINE HCL 53 37 37 55
ZETIA 52 32 38 20
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 Nov. 8, 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.