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Prescriber Checkup

SANDRA ALVAREZ M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,305Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 3593

$900K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 174 out of 3593

1,358 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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 Florida
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 1,358 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 1,358 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 24,213 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 Florida
SIMVASTATIN 1,552 1,392 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,374 1,253 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,313 1,170 3 3
LOVASTATIN 930 847 4 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 880 767 5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 861 765 6 5
LISINOPRIL 835 761 7 2
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 820 779 8 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 732 664 9 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 707 653 10 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 618 528 S3 11 7
GABAPENTIN 575 490 12 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 522 499 13 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 519 496 14 12
FUROSEMIDE 501 454 15 9
ATENOLOL 495 473 16 11
METFORMIN HCL 465 366 17 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 455 422 18 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 359 325 19 10
RAMIPRIL 343 328 20 92
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 300 300 21 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 296 277 22 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 285 275 23 33
SERTRALINE HCL 284 251 24 28
METFORMIN HCL ER 281 208 25 67
DONEPEZIL HCL 278 278 26 31
GLYBURIDE 274 248 R 27 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 232 183 28 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 214 196 29 24
BENAZEPRIL HCL 192 135 30 69
RANITIDINE HCL 176 157 31 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 166 154 32 107
TRAMADOL HCL 164 139 33 17
CARVEDILOL 161 146 34 23
CLOPIDOGREL 159 144 35 30
KLOR-CON 10 157 131 36 114
VERAPAMIL ER 156 124 37 99
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 147 38 48
DIGOXIN 150 144 39 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 149 114 40 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 148 127 41 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 147 138 42 66
ALLOPURINOL 139 125 43 35
PROAIR HFA 138 102 44 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 136 122 45 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 135 135 46 173
PLAVIX 128 108 47 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 125 99 48 122
NEXIUM 123 96 49 36
MIRTAZAPINE 123 118 49 64
CRESTOR 121 94 51 21
BACLOFEN 119 72 52 109
AZITHROMYCIN 117 95 53 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 115 104 54 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 108 54 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 112 109 56 65
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 108 103 57 177
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 79 58 44
PREDNISONE 105 94 59 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 104 104 60 61
LANTUS 104 91 60 57
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 102 102 62 212
LEVOXYL 99 97 63 111
CYMBALTA 96 85 64 73
JANTOVEN 96 95 64 169
CLONIDINE HCL 96 91 64 41
TRAZODONE HCL 95 92 67 53
MELOXICAM 91 84 68 29
VENTOLIN HFA 90 80 69 80
GLIPIZIDE 90 89 69 40
PAROXETINE HCL 89 55 71 62
FELODIPINE ER 88 88 72 229
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 78 73 91
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 86 74 73 103
CALCITONIN-SALMON 84 84 75 307
CARTIA XT 81 81 76 299
PEN NEEDLE 78 69 77 188
NIFEDIPINE ER 78 77 77 75
BUSPIRONE HCL 77 64 79 156
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 75 52 R 80 95
NAMENDA 75 75 80 50
VYTORIN 69 48 82 216
FENOFIBRATE 66 16 83 39
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 64 39 84 296
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 54 85 86
SYNTHROID 61 45 86 51
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 56 87 101
SPIRIVA 56 47 88 87
DILTIAZEM ER 56 56 88 194
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 43 90 181
GEMFIBROZIL 55 38 90 88
LIPITOR 54 53 92 136
SALSALATE 54 52 92 584
CILOSTAZOL 52 44 94 163
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 95 201
LYRICA 50 35 95 105
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 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.