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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,787Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 71 out of 1448

$744K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 1448

475 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

21% of this provider’s 475 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 9,229 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

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 723 683 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 609 587 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 419 381 3 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 399 331 S3 4 33
OMEPRAZOLE 317 304 5 23
CHLORTHALIDONE 314 299 6 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 276 259 7 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 258 249 8 6
DIOVAN 247 244 9 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 214 214 10 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 205 199 11 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 188 187 12 11
LISINOPRIL 182 146 13 5
CARVEDILOL 181 169 14 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 164 158 15 21
TRAZODONE HCL 147 142 16 128
GLIMEPIRIDE 134 123 17 66
FLUOCINONIDE 118 114 18 144
AZITHROMYCIN 113 106 19 76
GABAPENTIN 102 97 20 51
FUROSEMIDE 97 95 21 7
TERAZOSIN HCL 95 95 22 116
ALLOPURINOL 85 79 23 43
DIOVAN HCT 83 81 24 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 82 25 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 26 68
ATENOLOL 80 80 27 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 78 28 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 60 29 74
LOVASTATIN 75 75 29 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 70 70 31 8
LEVOFLOXACIN 70 69 31 131
PREDNISONE 69 69 33 110
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 64 33 19
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 61 35 227
NAMENDA 68 68 35 93
ACTOS 66 66 37 92
PROMETHAZINE VC 65 57 R 38 360
BOOSTRIX 64 63 39 362
LIPITOR 59 59 40 30
SPIRIVA 58 49 41 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 54 41 67
PEN NEEDLE 58 51 41 173
PROAIR HFA 58 45 41 104
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 54 45 20
NAPROXEN 55 55 45 112
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 50 50 S3 47 113
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 8, 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.