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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,198Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 11

$783K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 11

428 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 Rhode Island
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 428 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,327 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Rhode Island
WARFARIN SODIUM 934 873 1 6
LISINOPRIL 698 688 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 637 631 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 635 628 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 552 536 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 431 412 6 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 312 310 7 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 299 287 8 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 293 276 9 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 284 271 10 12
OMEPRAZOLE 268 254 11 21
METFORMIN HCL 258 245 12 27
TRAZODONE HCL 252 239 13 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 220 220 14 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 191 176 15 32
ATENOLOL 185 175 16 9
SERTRALINE HCL 179 154 17 35
LOVASTATIN 176 164 18 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 175 157 19 37
DIGOXIN 174 174 20 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 172 139 S3 21 38
GABAPENTIN 168 136 22 39
DIOVAN 157 157 23 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 153 136 24 41
MIRTAZAPINE 145 139 25 43
NAMENDA 144 144 26 44
BYSTOLIC 138 137 27 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 136 124 28 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 135 133 29 47
CLOPIDOGREL 133 130 30 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 128 123 31 34
KLOR-CON M10 119 112 32 49
KLOR-CON 10 118 110 33 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116 116 34 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116 116 34 51
AZITHROMYCIN 115 105 36 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 115 110 36 15
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 114 114 38 53
CARVEDILOL 104 101 39 13
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 100 93 40 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 92 78 41 54
MECLIZINE HCL 91 91 42 55
GLYBURIDE 90 90 R 43 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 85 85 44 11
PLAVIX 82 82 45 10
VERAPAMIL ER 82 78 45 42
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 80 47 57
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 78 78 48 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 78 48 58
KLOR-CON M20 78 77 48 58
LIDODERM 76 76 51 61
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 54 S2 51 61
TRAMADOL HCL 76 76 51 61
DIOVAN HCT 75 75 54 64
EXELON 74 74 55 65
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 72 72 56 22
FINASTERIDE 71 64 57 67
GLIPIZIDE 71 71 57 67
JANUVIA 68 57 59 70
PAROXETINE HCL 67 67 60 71
MELOXICAM 67 67 60 71
FENOFIBRATE 66 57 62 40
ALPRAZOLAM 63 63 63 77
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 62 59 R 64 78
CRESTOR 61 41 65 18
QUINAPRIL HCL 60 60 66 80
SPIRIVA 60 60 66 80
PREDNISONE 58 56 68 83
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 55 68 48
TRICOR 58 58 68 83
NOVOLIN 70-30 57 57 71 85
ALLOPURINOL 54 54 72 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 48 72 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 54 72 88
LANTUS 54 54 72 88
LIPITOR 54 53 72 20
RAMIPRIL 52 52 77 91
TAMIFLU 52 51 77 91
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 Nov. 22, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.