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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,812Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 79

$1.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 79

824 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Pennsylvania
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs*

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $79 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Pennsylvania
DIOVAN 1,390 1,354 163 10 1 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,251 1,195 164 2 9
ATENOLOL 1,161 1,089 137 3 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,139 1,081 126 4 2
CLOPIDOGREL 1,129 1,055 121 5 17
RANEXA 1,086 1,065 137 10 6 24
SIMVASTATIN 1,077 982 122 7 13
LISINOPRIL 1,033 945 121 8 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 914 909* 106 9 8
CARVEDILOL 912 874 106 10 3
CRESTOR 765 760* 94 11 21
ZETIA 758 747 88 12 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 677 662 84 13 1
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 623 618* 62 14 26
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 558 545 71 15 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 460 433 57 16 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 345 327 38 17 28
BENICAR 311 293 39 18 32
NIASPAN 294 259 31 19 33
NITROSTAT 266 261* 56 20 34
PRADAXA 259 259 30 21 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 241 241 26 22 36
MULTAQ 231 226* 29 23 22
FUROSEMIDE 229 214 31 24 7
LOVAZA 227 201 25 25 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 219 214* 34 26 39
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 213* 25 27 40
CLONIDINE HCL 215 210* 27 28 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 211 187 21 29 25
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 196 191* 27 30 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 168 26 31 27
BYSTOLIC 167 162* 21 32 50
LOVASTATIN 149 149 12 33 52
AMIODARONE HCL 147 142* 19 34 6
NIFEDIPINE ER 144 144 20 35 54
COREG CR 138 133* 25 36 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 131 15 37 44
EXFORGE 125 125 13 38 55
VYTORIN 124 124 16 39 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 98 98 13 40 37
SOTALOL 97 97 11 41 16
BENICAR HCT 83 78* 14 42 62
XARELTO 77 77 11 43 12
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 77 72* 12 43 23
DIOVAN HCT 75 75 17 45 64
PLAVIX 72 67* 26 46 65
FENOFIBRATE* 69 <11 <11 47 67
MECLIZINE HCL 52 52 12 48 72
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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. 17, 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.