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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Interventional Cardiology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,020Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 248

$623K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 248

1,025 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 California
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs*

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $65 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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 California
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 986 806 221 1 5
CARVEDILOL 687 538 135 2 2
CLOPIDOGREL 655 586 119 3 3
CILOSTAZOL 577 528 125 4 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 477 426 94 5 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 399 361 49 6 10
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 366 318 84 7 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 357 318 75 8 11
SIMVASTATIN 347 319 69 9 7
LISINOPRIL 321 293 73 10 6
DIOVAN 279 242 60 11 15
FUROSEMIDE 254 211 45 12 9
CRESTOR 250 239 49 13 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 244 224 51 14 1
RANEXA 241 199 42 15 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 240 213 54 16 8
BYSTOLIC 237 218 53 17 29
RAMIPRIL 215 193 45 18 26
EFFIENT 190 173 30 19 41
DIGOX 148 103 34 20 17
PRADAXA 127 116 27 21 24
AMIODARONE HCL 125 114 23 22 18
COREG CR 102 87 25 23 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 99 94* 18 24 23
COUMADIN 77 <11 <11 25 112
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 76 25 26 16
NIASPAN 70 65* 16 27 37
NITROSTAT 69 64* 43 28 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 46 12 28 19
DIGOXIN 66 61* 20 30 51
NIFEDIPINE ER 65 60* 16 31 43
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 60* 17 31 27
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 48 16 33 33
ATENOLOL 60 47 12 34 12
FAMOTIDINE* 56 51* 12 35 60
OMEPRAZOLE 54 39 14 36 31
LOVAZA 52 <11 <11 37 45
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.