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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,456Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 201

$338K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 201

818 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 Alabama
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 818 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,416 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 Alabama
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 835 684 1 8
DIGOXIN 593 505 2 14
CARVEDILOL 550 420 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 436 311 4 4
LISINOPRIL 435 327 5 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 408 330 6 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 399 310 7 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 363 325 8 6
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 356 310 9 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 339 253 10 3
SOTALOL 319 311 11 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 263 233 12 11
ATENOLOL 198 164 13 18
BYSTOLIC 197 144 14 33
CLOPIDOGREL 186 130 15 7
SIMVASTATIN 180 133 16 5
PLAVIX 176 127 17 13
NITROSTAT 151 120 18 25
RANEXA 150 104 19 26
KLOR-CON M20 138 82 20 31
MULTAQ 133 104 21 56
AMIODARONE HCL 130 98 22 20
KLOR-CON 10 114 78 23 64
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 108 84 24 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 84 25 15
CLONIDINE HCL 94 71 26 38
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 92 78 27 176
BUMETANIDE 90 68 28 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 81 29 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 45 30 10
PRADAXA 76 52 30 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 50 32 21
CEPHALEXIN 68 56 33 150
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 55 33 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 38 S3 35 32
VERAPAMIL ER 59 59 36 93
TRAMADOL HCL 52 50 37 65
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. 6, 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.