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Prescriber Checkup

RAFAEL CRUZ MENA MD

CALLE GARCIA DE LA NOSEDE APS CLINICO OF PR INC RIO GRANDE

Rio grande | Puerto Rico | 00745

(787) 887-6110

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,920Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 190

$389K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 190

664 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

18% of this provider’s 4,261 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

7% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
TRAZODONE HCL 2,087 785 10 1 7
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 1,147 433 R 2 15
RISPERIDONE 858 397 3 5
HALOPERIDOL 767 259 10 4 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 515 98 5 14
SERTRALINE HCL 443 297 6 3
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 401 111 R 10 7 20
LITHIUM CARBONATE 379 91 8 27
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 358 126 9 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 291 226 10 9
PERPHENAZINE 264 75 11 39
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 258 49 R 12 23
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 252 103 13 46
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 244 97 14 30
DOXEPIN HCL 227 69 15 12
FLUOXETINE HCL 222 64 16 1
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 213 107 R 17 11
OLANZAPINE 185 113 18 19
THIORIDAZINE HCL 168 66 R 19 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 156 108 20 6
PAROXETINE HCL 148 91 21 4
THIOTHIXENE 128 64 22 41
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 116 36 23 55
SEROQUEL 112 85 24 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 47 25 2
CLONAZEPAM 64 0 26 28
CLOZAPINE 55 0 27 51
HYDROXYZINE HCL 53 20 R 28 50
HALOPERIDOL LACTATE 51 24 29 78
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 50 0 30 45
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.