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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,214Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 1448

$402K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 203 out of 1448

383 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

11% of this provider’s 383 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 11,347 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,213 1,148 1 3
LISINOPRIL 626 591 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 618 567 3 2
ATENOLOL 417 393 4 12
METFORMIN HCL 414 367 5 25
OMEPRAZOLE 400 378 6 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 305 289 7 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 297 256 8 21
FUROSEMIDE 255 236 9 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 248 246 10 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 226 217 11 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 224 193 12 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 190 13 18
GLYBURIDE 210 199 R 14 89
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 205 185 15 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 181 165 16 42
FINASTERIDE 179 179 17 141
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 156 18 4
DIGOXIN 166 166 19 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 159 148 20 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 152 152 21 68
DIOVAN 152 147 21 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152 140 21 6
LANTUS 144 129 24 111
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 132 25 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 135 115 26 139
CLONIDINE HCL 124 122 27 45
CARVEDILOL 122 113 28 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 110 S3 29 33
CLOPIDOGREL 118 116 30 10
PLAVIX 108 99 31 14
IBUPROFEN 99 87 32 85
ACTOS 99 88 32 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 93 34 34
COLCRYS 93 93 34 183
NAMENDA 90 90 36 93
GLIPIZIDE 88 88 37 75
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 85 85 S3 38 113
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 82 73 39 19
GABAPENTIN 77 67 40 51
ALLOPURINOL 75 66 41 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 73 66 42 66
RAMIPRIL 73 73 42 36
PAROXETINE HCL 71 63 44 121
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 65 45 48
FELODIPINE ER 62 62 46 133
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 61 47 20
TRAMADOL HCL 61 50 47 56
LACTULOSE 58 54 49 184
VOLTAREN 54 49 50 107
RANITIDINE HCL 51 47 51 109
AZITHROMYCIN 51 48 51 76
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 46 53 129
NEXIUM 50 50 53 49
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 July 28, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.