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ELENA PERNASWAECHTER

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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46,761Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 3593

$768K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 242 out of 3593

1,450 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,450 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 45,456 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$16 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 3,323 3,271 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,572 1,563 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,565 1,535 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 1,184 1,151 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,106 1,096 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 1,102 1,068 6 9
FOLIC ACID 1,079 1,037 10 7 117
RENAL CAPS 1,011 1,001 8 112
RANITIDINE HCL 888 858 9 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 864 833 10 19
ATENOLOL 859 857 11 11
SYNTHROID 854 835 12 51
ALPRAZOLAM 826 813 13 37
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 810 810 14 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 768 738 15 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 695 680 16 8
TEMAZEPAM 659 653 17 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 655 633 18 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 648 629 19 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 642 597 20 45
LEVOXYL 589 570 21 111
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 579 579 22 10
LOVASTATIN 568 555 23 20
CETIRIZINE HCL 541 519 10 24 225
IBUPROFEN 504 486 25 43
VITAL-D RX 496 487 10 26 276
GLIPIZIDE 473 459 27 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 472 450 28 15
GABAPENTIN 471 461 29 16
LORATADINE 465 450 30 129
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 426 426 31 48
AMMONIUM LACTATE 392 360 32 125
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 383 360 33 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 375 363 34 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 367 361 35 25
MELOXICAM 358 351 36 29
FENOFIBRATE 352 333 37 39
LANSOPRAZOLE 341 308 38 113
WARFARIN SODIUM 324 310 39 18
SERTRALINE HCL 323 307 40 28
VIAGRA 307 307 41 84
CARVEDILOL 301 294 42 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 300 300 43 31
BENICAR 290 290 44 131
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 271 264 45 119
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 259 247 46 32
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM 241 241 47 236
CLOPIDOGREL 239 232 48 30
CILOSTAZOL 237 237 49 163
CICLOPIROX 236 228 50 170
FAMOTIDINE 233 217 51 70
CHERATUSSIN AC 230 228 10 52 330
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 228 218 S3 53 7
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 218 215 54 74
CLONAZEPAM 213 208 55 164
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 211 208 56 63
FINASTERIDE 205 205 57 79
GEMFIBROZIL 200 198 58 88
VOLTAREN 195 191 59 85
NIFEDIPINE ER 193 178 60 75
PAROXETINE HCL 191 190 61 62
GLYBURIDE 188 188 R 62 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 178 172 63 61
LORAZEPAM 177 175 64 98
TRAMADOL HCL 169 156 65 17
LACTULOSE 167 165 66 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 166 160 67 52
PLAVIX 162 157 68 42
ALLOPURINOL 161 161 69 35
NAPROXEN 154 152 70 68
NEXIUM 154 149 70 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 152 152 72 104
ESTAZOLAM 151 141 10 73 327
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 150 141 74 94
DETROL LA 149 137 75 262
DIOVAN 147 146 76 46
KETOCONAZOLE 143 129 77 118
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 142 142 78 177
AFEDITAB CR 141 141 79 298
MECLIZINE HCL 141 134 79 96
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 134 132 R 81 95
CIALIS 131 130 82 176
LANOXIN 130 130 83 223
ADVAIR DISKUS 126 104 84 47
SURE COMFORT 125 125 85 159
LIDODERM 125 123 85 78
LOPERAMIDE 119 119 87 277
TIZANIDINE HCL 119 118 87 120
AZITHROMYCIN 118 112 89 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 118 112 89 60
PROCTOZONE-HC 118 114 89 209
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 116 105 R 92 286
VENTOLIN HFA 115 111 93 80
BENICAR HCT 114 114 94 155
JANUVIA 108 108 95 81
TERAZOSIN HCL 107 107 96 115
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 104 96 97 203
PRILOSEC OTC 104 103 97 334
MI ACID 101 101 99 272
GLIPIZIDE XL 101 101 99 179
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 97 97 101 66
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 95 95 102 191
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 95 68 R 102 72
MUPIROCIN 91 83 104 132
BENAZEPRIL HCL 91 91 104 69
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 89 89 106 187
DICYCLOMINE HCL 87 81 107 190
ACTOS 85 85 108 133
QVAR 83 77 109 293
VESICARE 80 80 110 205
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 76 R 111 90
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 75 69 112 122
PREDNISONE 74 72 113 49
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 74 71 113 145
IRBESARTAN 74 74 113 258
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE 72 58 R 116 316
FELODIPINE ER 70 70 117 229
FLUNISOLIDE 70 54 117 261
KLOR-CON 10 69 69 119 114
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 65 61 120 138
VERAPAMIL ER 65 64 120 99
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 63 122 65
DIOVAN HCT 63 60 122 76
LEVETIRACETAM 61 48 124 127
PROPRANOLOL HCL 60 60 125 181
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 60 59 S3 125 153
SOTALOL 59 59 127 423
NYSTATIN 58 58 128 167
VYTORIN 58 52 128 216
PHENAZOPYRIDINE HCL 56 56 130 350
LEVITRA 56 52 130 297
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 54 132 300
PENTOXIFYLLINE 54 54 132 149
SINGULAIR 54 54 132 77
ANASTROZOLE 54 54 132 458
LANTUS 53 53 136 57
CHLORTHALIDONE 53 53 136 227
DIAZEPAM 53 51 136 252
CLONIDINE HCL 51 49 139 41
NAMENDA 50 50 140 50
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.