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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,831Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 144 out of 1448

$328K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 295 out of 1448

514 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,265 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
SIMVASTATIN 589 535 1 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 523 470 2 8
CARVEDILOL 462 434 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 448 407 4 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 377 349 5 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 329 312 6 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 307 271 7 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 298 284 8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 191 191 9 9
CLOPIDOGREL 180 172 10 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 136 11 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 148 121 12 19
LISINOPRIL 148 147 12 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 142 127 14 6
DIGOXIN 140 126 15 13
PLAVIX 120 120 16 14
RAMIPRIL 113 113 17 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 109 96 18 61
DIOVAN 108 103 19 15
CRESTOR 102 97 20 17
PRADAXA 86 83 21 27
BENICAR 83 70 22 50
ATENOLOL 82 82 23 12
NIASPAN 70 56 24 47
PINDOLOL 69 69 25 353
LIPITOR 69 53 25 30
RANITIDINE HCL 65 49 27 109
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 50 28 52
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 Jan. 26, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.