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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,980Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 129 out of 384

$421K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 78 out of 384

513 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
1% 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 Puerto Rico
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 513 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 4,020 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 Puerto Rico
GABAPENTIN 778 466 1 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 475 410 2 33
PENTOXIFYLLINE 402 286 3 113
NAMENDA 385 330 4 67
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 369 283 5 154
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 175 125 6 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 109 7 22
CHLORZOXAZONE 166 59 R 10 8 326
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 164 50 S3 9 290
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 153 117 10 161
GALANTAMINE HBR 147 118 11 181
BACLOFEN 137 85 12 109
DIPYRIDAMOLE 107 101 R 13 97
LYRICA 103 58 14 92
LEVETIRACETAM 100 35 15 145
TOPIRAMATE 99 36 16 235
ASPIRIN EC 91 65 17 31
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 73 48 18 140
SERTRALINE HCL 59 52 19 26
NABUMETONE 59 27 19 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 54 21 83
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 31 21 19
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 51 23 231
OMEPRAZOLE 52 31 24 8
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 May 25, 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.