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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,194Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 83 out of 1448

$845K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 1448

929 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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 8,810 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$92 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 565 558 1 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 518 506 2 8
CARVEDILOL 461 445 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 400 400 4 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 337 331 5 4
LISINOPRIL 329 313 6 5
CRESTOR 284 248 7 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 268 267 8 2
FUROSEMIDE 260 251 9 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 257 254 10 11
CLOPIDOGREL 233 227 11 10
DIGOXIN 210 210 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 204 199 13 9
SPIRONOLACTONE 186 170 14 24
PLAVIX 179 176 15 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 164 16 18
ATENOLOL 157 150 17 12
DIOVAN 154 133 18 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 136 131 19 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 127 20 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 122 21 19
ZETIA 126 119 22 28
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 125 124 23 52
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 98 24 61
PRADAXA 99 98 25 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 93 26 20
AMIODARONE HCL 96 91 27 22
VYTORIN 91 84 28 71
RANEXA 85 79 29 37
SOTALOL AF 82 75 10 30 293
NIASPAN 82 77 30 47
XARELTO 77 77 32 58
RAMIPRIL 76 76 33 36
SOTALOL 74 70 34 40
NITROSTAT 70 62 35 31
LOVASTATIN 68 66 36 35
PROPAFENONE HCL 67 62 37 62
DIOVAN HCT 67 67 37 29
FENOFIBRATE 65 56 39 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 63 39 34
VERAPAMIL ER 63 53 41 88
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 63 63 41 72
CLONIDINE HCL 55 43 43 45
BYSTOLIC 54 51 44 32
COREG CR 54 54 44 83
KLOR-CON M20 54 52 44 161
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 47 47 42
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 Dec. 19, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.