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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,509Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 1469

$859K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 1469

918 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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

1% of this provider’s 918 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$90 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 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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 540 535* 140 1 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 513 499 134 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 469 464* 115 3 9
CARVEDILOL 467 462* 122 4 2
CLOPIDOGREL 372 367* 95 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 356 356 104 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 325 320* 98 7 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 282 277* 81 8 11
CRESTOR 275 270* 65 9 15
LISINOPRIL 271 266* 90 10 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 257 252* 74 11 10
FUROSEMIDE 230 225* 83 12 8
XARELTO 170 165* 38 13 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 155 55 14 16
ATENOLOL 160 155* 50 15 12
DIOVAN 145 145 37 16 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 144 139* 44 17 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 142 137* 48 18 22
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 131 131 34 19 38
DIGOX 126 121* 40 20 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 117* 46 21 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 115* 33 22 32
ZETIA 117 117 32 23 27
RAMIPRIL 114 114 29 24 35
PRADAXA 107 102* 27 25 28
SOTALOL 105 100* 26 26 39
AMIODARONE HCL 103 98* 38 27 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 89 84* 20 28 34
RANEXA 89 84* 26 28 33
SOTALOL AF 89 89 22 10 28 223
PROPAFENONE HCL 89 84* 17 28 56
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 83 18 32 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 81 31 33 19
NIASPAN 78 73* 26 34 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 77 72* 22 35 67
NITROSTAT 75 70* 56 36 30
VYTORIN 67 62* 17 37 94
DILTIAZEM ER 66 61* 17 38 90
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 56* 16 39 26
BENICAR 60 <11 <11 40 49
VERAPAMIL ER 60 55* 16 40 102
LOVASTATIN 57 57 15 42 40
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. 19, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.