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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,532Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 38

$515K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 38

994 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,557 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 Alabama
CARVEDILOL 2,049 1,739 10 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 740 635 2 6
CLOPIDOGREL 725 571 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 717 607 4 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 612 535 5 25
FUROSEMIDE 593 478 6 2
PLAVIX 519 451 7 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 513 395 8 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 418 374 9 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 400 360 10 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 309 253 11 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 282 242 12 27
DIGOXIN 275 212 13 21
LISINOPRIL 273 195 14 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230 197 15 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 172 142 16 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 148 17 38
VYTORIN 157 154 18 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 139 117 19 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 125 101 20 9
CRESTOR 120 91 21 14
ZETIA 101 91 22 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 75 23 19
OMEPRAZOLE 94 83 24 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 72 25 13
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 61 26 22
CLONIDINE HCL 86 80 27 45
EXFORGE 85 69 28 64
SOTALOL 82 82 29 33
ATENOLOL 82 64 29 20
NITROSTAT 81 71 31 24
DIOVAN 77 60 32 36
MULTAQ 65 65 33 40
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 63 63 34 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 33 35 26
RAMIPRIL 59 39 36 16
DILTIAZEM ER 58 58 37 49
KLOR-CON M20 56 26 38 37
AMIODARONE HCL 53 37 39 15
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 53 36 39 83
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 52 49 41 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 34 41 53
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 Oct. 9, 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.