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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,595Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 64 out of 1019

$601K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 1019

511 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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 7,807 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
FUROSEMIDE 755 694 1 6
CRESTOR 728 686 2 13
CARVEDILOL 680 620 3 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 588 554 4 1
LISINOPRIL 562 503 5 2
ZETIA 503 470 6 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 370 331 7 10
SIMVASTATIN 347 313 8 5
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 239 193 9 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 232 204 10 15
DIGOXIN 193 177 11 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 188 166 12 34
PLAVIX 182 143 13 11
CLOPIDOGREL 178 148 14 7
AMIODARONE HCL 153 139 15 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 136 121 16 9
NIASPAN 136 136 16 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 125 18 4
BYSTOLIC 121 121 19 26
MULTAQ 106 106 20 49
VYTORIN 97 74 21 62
LIPITOR 96 94 22 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 83 23 16
PRADAXA 93 82 23 24
COREG CR 89 77 25 112
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 83 79 26 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 73 27 8
RAMIPRIL 73 73 28 21
ATENOLOL 70 68 29 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 54 30 17
TRILIPIX 65 57 31 70
CLONIDINE HCL 54 53 32 29
TRICOR 50 37 33 61
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. 2, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.