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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,011Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 551

$877K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 551

1,099 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 1,099 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

4% of this provider’s 19,534 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$34 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 1,491 1,184 1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 1,251 1,000 2 8
GABAPENTIN 1,211 860 3 3
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 995 720 10 4 18
OMEPRAZOLE 896 666 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 830 591 6 2
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 679 570 7 5
NABUMETONE 674 441 10 8 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 566 448 9 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 540 427 10 10
ATENOLOL 457 316 11 12
GLIPIZIDE 450 403 12 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 437 323 13 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 433 354 14 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 415 311 15 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 384 332 16 19
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 383 280 R 17 48
CLOPIDOGREL 375 306 18 30
FUROSEMIDE 318 261 19 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 301 211 20 54
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 295 189 21 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 281 175 22 36
DIPYRIDAMOLE 275 257 R 23 76
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262 181 24 15
CEFADROXIL 244 170 25 153
CARVEDILOL 234 199 26 22
PLAVIX 231 201 27 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 230 185 28 38
SYNTHROID 226 214 29 11
AZITHROMYCIN 212 141 30 55
LISINOPRIL 208 155 31 14
HUMULIN 70-30 195 125 32 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 152 33 17
LANTUS 185 145 34 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 181 130 35 42
CAPTOPRIL 175 132 36 63
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 165 37 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 161 128 38 29
VERAPAMIL ER 151 143 39 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 149 149 40 21
DIGOXIN 144 130 41 44
SINGULAIR 140 109 42 58
PAROXETINE HCL 139 116 43 77
LYRICA 137 106 44 86
GEMFIBROZIL 133 71 45 61
SURE COMFORT 132 105 46 74
DIOVAN HCT 131 92 47 71
EVISTA 131 99 47 52
DIOVAN 123 76 49 57
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 123 56 R 49 147
MECLIZINE HCL 122 91 51 56
GLYBURIDE 120 86 R 52 70
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 92 53 16
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 110 86 54 100
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 110 32 S2 54 102
TRAMADOL HCL 109 67 56 32
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 108 79 57 119
LEVOXYL 104 81 58 40
FAMOTIDINE 102 68 59 31
CRESTOR 99 68 60 62
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 66 61 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 64 R 61 96
HUMULIN N 92 88 63 47
JANUVIA 90 63 64 87
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 76 65 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 64 66 97
CLONIDINE HCL 82 57 66 60
SULINDAC 80 57 68 78
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 52 69 41
PENTOXIFYLLINE 78 58 70 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 55 71 93
NAPROXEN SODIUM 74 51 71 137
NITROSTAT 72 47 73 152
WARFARIN SODIUM 72 70 73 46
SERTRALINE HCL 72 55 73 43
RAMIPRIL 71 55 76 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 58 77 23
PREDNISOLONE 68 45 78 118
NAPROXEN 66 43 79 80
BACTROBAN 65 32 80 331
IRBESARTAN 65 52 80 51
PROAIR HFA 55 24 82 92
DICYCLOMINE HCL 55 30 82 201
DILTIAZEM HCL 55 41 82 106
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 40 85 156
MOMETASONE FUROATE 53 37 86 173
ASPIRIN EC 53 33 86 26
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 35 86 72
HUMULIN R 52 44 89 161
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 50 40 90 127
PREDNISONE 50 25 90 65
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 50 45 90 166
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 Dec. 23, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.