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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,440Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 1448

$796K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 1448

419 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

22% of this provider’s 419 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,533 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 505 381 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 460 380 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 398 309 3 21
FUROSEMIDE 343 299 4 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 301 235 S3 5 33
CARVEDILOL 296 267 6 1
RANEXA 245 227 7 37
LISINOPRIL 237 179 8 5
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 226 190 9 16
OMEPRAZOLE 223 176 10 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 217 164 11 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 179 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 207 177 13 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 186 143 14 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 183 142 15 34
DIOVAN HCT 175 141 16 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 162 17 4
DIOVAN 168 142 18 15
AZITHROMYCIN 162 129 19 76
CLOPIDOGREL 160 143 20 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 116 21 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 136 22 8
GLYBURIDE 140 116 R 23 89
PLAVIX 132 126 24 14
ATENOLOL 129 116 25 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 126 97 26 19
NAPROXEN 115 81 27 112
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 109 28 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 93 29 20
CRESTOR 104 86 30 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 101 31 41
AMIODARONE HCL 100 100 32 22
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 84 33 131
GABAPENTIN 95 82 34 51
ALLOPURINOL 94 86 35 43
PREDNISONE 92 83 36 110
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 71 37 11
KLOR-CON 10 87 66 38 102
DIGOXIN 85 55 39 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 62 40 74
PROAIR HFA 78 50 41 104
NEXIUM 77 77 42 49
CEPHALEXIN 77 63 42 138
PAROXETINE HCL 75 55 44 121
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 73 45 68
HYDROCORTISONE 72 45 46 295
LANTUS 69 68 47 111
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 60 48 122
IBUPROFEN 66 56 49 85
TEKTURNA 57 57 50 106
EXFORGE 56 54 51 80
FAMOTIDINE 52 49 52 60
MEGESTROL ACETATE 51 50 R 53 126
KOMBIGLYZE XR 50 47 54 215
NITROSTAT 50 43 54 31
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 Feb. 23, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.