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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,472Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 123 out of 1448

$503K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 131 out of 1448

464 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

5% of this provider’s 464 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,774 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 424 386 1 6
FUROSEMIDE 406 379 2 7
CLOPIDOGREL 360 317 3 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 336 300 4 8
CARVEDILOL 307 278 5 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 295 255 6 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 275 238 7 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 265 255 8 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 246 232 9 11
PLAVIX 218 199 10 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 213 176 11 2
CRESTOR 198 175 12 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 191 179 13 19
LISINOPRIL 152 136 14 5
SIMVASTATIN 151 148 15 3
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 136 115 16 65
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 115 89 17 9
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 113 99 18 52
AMIODARONE HCL 112 106 19 22
METHYLDOPA 95 90 R 20 328
CLONIDINE HCL 91 81 21 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 80 22 18
ATENOLOL 84 84 23 12
DIOVAN 83 65 24 15
PRADAXA 76 64 25 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 57 26 42
ZETIA 64 64 27 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 64 27 46
DIGOXIN 56 50 29 13
OMEPRAZOLE 56 55 29 23
NITROSTAT 56 52 29 31
METFORMIN HCL 53 44 32 25
FAMOTIDINE 52 52 33 60
VYTORIN 51 51 34 71
LIPITOR 51 41 34 30
TRAZODONE HCL 51 51 34 128
MICARDIS 50 50 37 143
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 Jan. 22, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.