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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,056Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 61

$657K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 61

447 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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 Georgia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,677 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$130 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 Georgia
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 290 275 1 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 268 259 2 6
CRESTOR 253 224 3 14
SIMVASTATIN 231 214 4 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230 218 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 204 204 6 5
LISINOPRIL 200 194 7 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 140 8 11
NIASPAN 144 143 9 26
PLAVIX 137 116 10 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 128 115 11 17
CLOPIDOGREL 126 107 12 3
BYSTOLIC 123 114 13 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 122 111 14 13
ZETIA 102 91 15 23
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 97 91 16 62
CARVEDILOL 84 72 17 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 18 40
FUROSEMIDE 75 71 18 9
VYTORIN 74 73 20 92
RAMIPRIL 73 55 21 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 64 21 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 64 23 16
DIOVAN 65 65 24 22
NITROSTAT 65 56 24 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 61 26 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 61 61 27 19
BENICAR 58 57 28 75
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 56 50 29 50
LIPITOR 50 47 30 27
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 Aug. 9, 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.