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Prescriber Checkup

JULIO FONTANEZ MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,687Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 190

$500K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 190

738 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37%Patients 65 Years and Older
4% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,190 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
SERTRALINE HCL 1,340 564 1 3
FLUOXETINE HCL 1,146 287 2 1
TRAZODONE HCL 841 217 3 7
BUPROPION XL 686 97 10 4 8
RISPERIDONE 611 158 5 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 576 149 6 2
PAROXETINE HCL 558 183 7 4
BUSPIRONE HCL 386 123 8 16
CYMBALTA 252 37 9 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 230 52 10 9
HALOPERIDOL 192 102 11 21
RANITIDINE HCL 187 69 12 37
THIOTHIXENE 184 33 10 13 41
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 177 37 R 14 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 170 37 15 14
ABILIFY 146 37 16 18
DOXEPIN HCL 135 32 17 12
OMEPRAZOLE 117 40 18 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 115 17 R 19 11
BUPROPION HCL SR 110 0 20 17
SEROQUEL 107 23 21 22
OLANZAPINE 107 53 21 19
CLONAZEPAM 105 34 23 28
BUDEPRION XL 103 32 10 24 44
LITHIUM CARBONATE 100 0 25 27
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 98 0 26 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 81 21 27 6
ALPRAZOLAM 79 37 28 48
GABAPENTIN 76 21 29 38
THIORIDAZINE HCL 75 0 R 30 35
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 74 31 R 31 20
LAMOTRIGINE 65 0 32 24
MECLIZINE HCL 62 42 33 90
EXELON 57 57 34 53
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 56 0 35 45
NAMENDA 54 54 36 36
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 March 11, 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.