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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,490Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 886

$392K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 69 out of 886

1,131 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,219 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 Pennsylvania
SOTALOL 589 516 10 1 29
ATENOLOL 548 385 2 13
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 451 365 3 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 447 399 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 382 360 5 6
CLOPIDOGREL 334 261 6 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 318 309 7 1
FUROSEMIDE 312 265 8 5
LISINOPRIL 312 241 8 3
SIMVASTATIN 297 240 10 2
TERAZOSIN HCL 260 228 11 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 256 229 12 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 254 229 13 11
CARVEDILOL 229 184 14 7
AMIODARONE HCL 224 224 15 26
MULTAQ 189 189 16 42
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 185 166 17 53
PROPAFENONE HCL 182 172 18 80
PLAVIX 179 135 19 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 161 135 20 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 134 122 21 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 125 22 9
DIGOXIN 114 114 23 12
PRADAXA 103 83 24 21
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 101 69 25 23
NITROSTAT 97 79 26 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 58 27 16
DIOVAN 92 92 27 19
CRESTOR 83 72 29 15
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 52 30 22
LABETALOL HCL 75 62 31 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 71 71 32 24
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 55 33 32
KLOR-CON M20 58 34 34 35
METOLAZONE 56 52 35 78
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 5, 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.