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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,431Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 125 out of 1448

$653K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 74 out of 1448

550 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 550 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,358 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 427 423 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334 333 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 321 318 3 3
CLOPIDOGREL 282 282 4 10
XARELTO 264 264 5 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 260 257 6 16
PLAVIX 254 253 7 14
DIGOXIN 205 197 8 13
DIOVAN 204 204 9 15
CARVEDILOL 186 184 10 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 176 11 4
OMEPRAZOLE 170 167 12 23
FUROSEMIDE 168 168 13 7
AMIODARONE HCL 168 163 13 22
PRADAXA 162 162 15 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 142 142 16 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 136 136 17 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 131 119 18 8
PROPAFENONE HCL 130 130 19 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 122 20 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 120 116 21 9
SOTALOL 113 113 22 40
DIOVAN HCT 95 95 23 29
NITROSTAT 86 85 24 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 80 25 41
DILTIAZEM ER 79 78 26 78
ATENOLOL 75 74 27 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 70 28 24
FAMOTIDINE 67 67 29 60
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 62 30 96
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 61 31 38
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 59 32 65
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 57 33 59
JANUVIA 53 53 34 64
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 53 53 34 21
NEXIUM 52 52 36 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 36 68
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 50 38 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 50 38 46
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. 9, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.