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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,446Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 384

$817K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 384

1,042 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
2% 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 1,042 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 1,042 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 20,899 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$27 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 2,803 1,954 1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 1,478 925 2 7
GABAPENTIN 1,396 846 3 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 912 672 4 5
LISINOPRIL 845 612 5 14
METFORMIN HCL 829 569 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 771 537 7 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 753 630 8 20
ATENOLOL 689 499 9 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 653 443 10 6
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 636 377 11 13
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 627 478 R 12 64
LEVOXYL 596 426 13 44
SERTRALINE HCL 577 466 14 26
OMEPRAZOLE 547 343 15 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 487 293 16 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 455 303 17 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 439 366 18 130
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 421 383 19 29
SYNTHROID 413 244 20 9
BACLOFEN 407 196 21 109
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 391 240 22 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 384 265 23 3
GLIPIZIDE 383 313 24 27
FUROSEMIDE 363 253 25 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 341 241 26 10
SULINDAC 301 239 27 79
FINASTERIDE 296 254 28 62
INSULIN SYRINGE 294 186 29 46
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 293 171 30 133
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 243 181 31 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 203 32 21
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 229 184 33 118
DEXAMETHASONE 218 158 34 117
HUMULIN 70-30 207 133 35 47
LANTUS 206 127 36 42
CLONIDINE HCL 204 135 37 84
DIOVAN 194 157 38 54
MEGESTROL ACETATE 185 170 R 39 162
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 184 145 R 40 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 176 152 41 25
MECLIZINE HCL 169 149 42 73
VERAPAMIL ER 169 126 42 41
INDOMETHACIN 160 93 R 44 264
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 146 98 45 19
DILTIAZEM HCL 145 132 46 157
AZITHROMYCIN 141 81 47 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 138 106 48 43
NABUMETONE 132 38 49 34
PREDNISONE 131 73 50 56
GALANTAMINE HBR 127 127 51 181
CLOPIDOGREL 125 73 52 30
DIOVAN HCT 124 56 53 66
CARVEDILOL 120 102 54 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 120 85 54 22
VERAPAMIL HCL 115 67 56 360
LOVASTATIN 110 99 57 80
WARFARIN SODIUM 109 89 58 48
SURE COMFORT 108 57 59 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 103 65 60 50
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 16 S2 61 93
HYDROXYZINE HCL 102 44 R 61 211
SPIRONOLACTONE 100 63 63 88
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 99 67 64 159
PLAVIX 97 68 65 32
ETODOLAC 97 39 65 101
CAPTOPRIL 95 67 67 72
ASPIRIN EC 88 68 68 31
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 79 45 69 58
CARAFATE 79 58 69 178
FLUCONAZOLE 78 32 71 155
NOVOLIN 70-30 77 71 72 314
DICYCLOMINE HCL 77 11 72 307
DIPYRIDAMOLE 76 65 R 74 97
ZETIA 75 71 75 69
LEVOFLOXACIN 75 51 75 127
PROPRANOLOL HCL 71 42 77 233
EVISTA 69 44 78 52
TRILIPIX 67 28 79 160
CRESTOR 63 35 80 45
LEVEMIR 62 47 81 273
AMIODARONE HCL 59 53 82 220
NAMENDA 59 59 82 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 34 82 28
TRAMADOL HCL 58 39 85 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 58 41 85 254
METOLAZONE 57 47 87 222
DIGOXIN 56 55 88 49
FAMOTIDINE 55 44 89 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 15 90 65
PAROXETINE HCL 54 32 90 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 53 92 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 0 R 93 212
ACTOS 51 32 94 169
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 39 94 106
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 39 96 137
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 50 47 96 323
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 Feb. 22, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.