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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,543Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 74 out of 1448

$580K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 93 out of 1448

636 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

9% of this provider’s 636 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 9,429 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 28%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 1,021 992 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 663 651 2 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 564 555 3 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 485 483 4 11
ATENOLOL 376 372 5 12
OMEPRAZOLE 330 330 6 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 251 251 7 38
METFORMIN HCL 239 237 8 25
GLIPIZIDE 222 210 9 75
DIOVAN 214 213 10 15
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 184 182 11 96
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 181 181 12 21
MELOXICAM 164 163 13 73
CARVEDILOL 163 163 14 1
DIGOXIN 160 160 15 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 155 153 16 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 148 17 8
ALLOPURINOL 132 131 18 43
FUROSEMIDE 112 112 19 7
NIFEDIPINE ER 107 107 20 59
JANUVIA 106 104 21 64
GLYBURIDE 96 95 R 22 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 95 23 34
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 93 91 R 24 132
AZITHROMYCIN 88 84 25 76
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 85 S3 26 33
DIOVAN HCT 84 84 27 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 79 28 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 79 79 29 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 30 68
LIDOCAINE 77 77 31 192
LISINOPRIL 76 69 32 5
TERAZOSIN HCL 74 74 33 116
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 72 72 34 188
LIDODERM 70 70 35 81
GABAPENTIN 69 67 36 51
NAPROXEN 68 68 37 112
CLOPIDOGREL 64 64 38 10
MECLIZINE HCL 62 60 39 108
NIFEDICAL XL 60 60 40 162
PLAVIX 57 57 41 14
FLUOCINONIDE 56 55 42 144
BENICAR 53 53 43 50
COMBIVENT 51 50 44 147
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 March 15, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.