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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,148Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 201

$368K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 201

436 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 Alabama
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,891 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 Alabama
CARVEDILOL 869 702 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 453 377 2 5
CLOPIDOGREL 409 318 3 7
PLAVIX 295 228 4 13
FUROSEMIDE 277 236 5 4
LISINOPRIL 267 203 6 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 244 188 7 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 220 191 8 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 215 191 9 12
BYSTOLIC 215 203 9 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 202 191 11 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 200 171 12 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 191 156 13 11
SPIRONOLACTONE 171 126 14 21
CRESTOR 166 132 15 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 159 136 16 6
DIGOXIN 127 111 17 14
ZETIA 124 109 18 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 111 102 19 27
NITROSTAT 98 75 20 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 85 21 16
RAMIPRIL 92 75 22 22
TRANDOLAPRIL 89 66 23 115
AMIODARONE HCL 88 88 24 20
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 80 70 25 63
NIASPAN 80 49 25 68
FENOFIBRATE 78 75 27 43
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 61 28 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 49 29 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 61 43 30 8
RANEXA 59 41 31 26
OMEPRAZOLE 57 57 32 24
DIOVAN 55 44 33 39
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 May 15, 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.