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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,356Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 1469

$669K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 78 out of 1469

990 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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*

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $65 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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.

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,052 1,047* 161 1 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,046 997 233 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 834 829* 147 3 3
CLOPIDOGREL 828 823* 132 4 5
CARVEDILOL 608 591 90 5 2
ATENOLOL 564 559* 87 6 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 374 369* 60 7 13
DIOVAN 325 320* 53 8 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 295 290* 57 9 9
BENICAR HCT 289 284* 58 10 85
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 246 47 11 37
FLECAINIDE ACETATE 218 218 49 12 46
SIMVASTATIN 217 217 32 13 6
FAMOTIDINE* 197 192* 30 14 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 180 180 27 15 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 178 173* 37 16 11
LISINOPRIL 174 174 31 17 7
BYSTOLIC 170 165* 45 18 29
VERAPAMIL ER 161 141 41 19 102
NITROSTAT 156 151* 95 20 30
BENICAR 145 140* 37 21 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 141 28 22 32
NIFEDIPINE ER 136 136 28 23 59
AZOR 125 120* 28 24 119
FUROSEMIDE 123 123 38 25 8
XARELTO 116 116 40 26 24
OMEPRAZOLE 113 113 25 27 23
NEXIUM 111 111 28 28 47
TRIBENZOR 98 93* 26 29 146
RANEXA 97 97 22 30 33
CRESTOR 91 78 19 31 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 88 88 31 32 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 87 87 16 33 10
ELIQUIS 82 82 20 34 167
EFFIENT 81 76* 15 35 68
CELEBREX 80 80 16 36 81
AMIODARONE HCL 80 80 19 36 20
NIFEDICAL XL 79 79 18 38 136
DIGOXIN 78 78 13 39 51
NIASPAN 76 76 11 40 62
FENOFIBRATE* 67 <11 <11 41 54
DIOVAN HCT 60 60 20 42 122
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60 <11 <11 42 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 <11 <11 44 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 57 16 45 53
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 52 <11 <11 R 46 169
LABETALOL HCL 50 50 16 47 98
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 50 14 47 34
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 Dec. 27, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.