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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,141Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 551

$942K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 551

926 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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

4% of this provider’s 926 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 19,445 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 1,324 1,037 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 991 682 2 2
GABAPENTIN 962 670 3 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 720 572 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 705 522 5 7
FUROSEMIDE 627 472 6 13
RANITIDINE HCL 522 390 7 8
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 521 323 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 490 340 9 23
LOVASTATIN 490 404 9 68
GLIMEPIRIDE 443 325 11 16
CARVEDILOL 442 375 12 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 432 378 13 4
ATENOLOL 398 288 14 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 380 354 15 21
SYNTHROID 376 276 16 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 373 304 17 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 372 301 18 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 350 270 19 27
ASPIRIN EC 329 291 20 26
METFORMIN HCL ER 321 229 21 67
LISINOPRIL 314 255 22 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 304 240 23 10
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 298 236 24 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 284 227 25 24
GLIPIZIDE 274 206 26 20
LEVOXYL 272 238 27 40
HUMULIN N 269 215 28 47
MECLIZINE HCL 265 224 29 56
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 265 231 29 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 265 201 29 15
CLOPIDOGREL 260 223 32 30
LANTUS 237 142 33 28
NABUMETONE 236 170 34 37
PLAVIX 228 187 35 33
HUMULIN 70-30 225 185 36 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 225 141 36 36
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 195 163 R 38 91
ALLOPURINOL 179 130 39 84
TIZANIDINE HCL 177 64 40 138
SULINDAC 174 120 41 78
MAXIMUM D3 174 144 41 103
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 170 109 43 18
VERAPAMIL ER 165 114 44 39
FAMOTIDINE 156 94 45 31
IRBESARTAN 144 108 46 51
TRAMADOL HCL 142 100 47 32
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 138 74 48 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 118 49 38
CRESTOR 128 63 50 62
ZETIA 126 82 51 69
LYRICA 126 54 51 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 88 53 66
ETODOLAC 118 51 54 95
CAPTOPRIL 118 103 54 63
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 115 101 56 29
GEMFIBROZIL 113 73 57 61
CLONIDINE HCL 112 92 58 60
DIGOXIN 111 92 59 44
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 109 95 60 192
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 107 73 61 99
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 105 46 62 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 102 63 50
SURE COMFORT 102 81 63 74
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 80 R 65 96
CILOSTAZOL 98 98 66 64
FINASTERIDE 97 91 67 82
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 64 68 79
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 64 69 151
GLYBURIDE 87 86 R 70 70
AVAPRO 86 73 71 83
INSULIN SYRINGE 83 31 72 41
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 80 36 73 89
WARFARIN SODIUM 80 58 73 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 60 75 97
EVISTA 75 54 76 52
RAMIPRIL 75 59 76 53
NAMENDA 75 75 76 94
COUMADIN 75 62 76 88
DILTIAZEM HCL 75 65 76 106
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69 52 81 171
NAPROXEN 67 54 82 80
INDAPAMIDE 63 43 83 116
ACTICAL 62 51 10 84 271
DIOVAN 61 53 85 57
DIPYRIDAMOLE 59 38 R 86 76
NITROSTAT 59 51 86 152
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 46 88 114
SORBUTUSS 57 44 10 89 353
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 57 41 89 236
JANUVIA 56 31 91 87
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 56 44 91 127
PROAIR HFA 55 48 93 92
MELOXICAM 54 40 94 90
LEVOTHROID 54 34 94 140
PREDNISONE 54 39 94 65
PREMARIN 54 25 R 94 234
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 16 S2 98 102
SEROQUEL 52 43 99 244
SINGULAIR 52 33 99 58
ASPIR-LOW 51 24 101 141
FENOFIBRATE 50 36 102 34
KETOCONAZOLE 50 36 102 134
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.