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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,958Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 283 out of 1448

$397K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 206 out of 1448

220 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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

6% of this provider’s 220 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,696 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 288 274 1 4
DIOVAN 265 253 2 15
NIASPAN 139 126 3 47
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 127 108 4 2
CRESTOR 125 124 5 17
FUROSEMIDE 114 99 6 7
AMIODARONE HCL 111 105 7 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 97 8 19
SIMVASTATIN 100 100 9 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 99 95 10 8
ATENOLOL 99 94 10 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 91 12 55
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 91 82 13 21
LISINOPRIL 90 87 14 5
LIPITOR 89 89 15 30
ALLOPURINOL 86 72 16 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 74 17 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 78 18 11
LOVAZA 74 74 19 39
AZITHROMYCIN 73 63 20 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 40 21 34
CARVEDILOL 58 45 22 1
CLOPIDOGREL 58 58 22 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 56 56 24 6
DIGOXIN 55 55 25 13
METFORMIN HCL 55 55 25 25
DIOVAN HCT 54 54 27 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 50 28 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. 10, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.