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Prescriber Checkup

HUMBERTO HERRERA CESPEDES M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,168Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 226 out of 1479

$279K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 196 out of 1479

228 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%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

1% of this provider’s 7,019 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$34 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 528 444 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 405 358 2 7
GABAPENTIN 363 331 3 5
RANITIDINE HCL 263 227 4 4
SYNTHROID 203 169 5 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 199 170 6 6
SERTRALINE HCL 182 170 7 38
METFORMIN HCL 153 145 8 2
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 150 128 9 68
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 137 10 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 143 141 11 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 142 131 12 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 141 127 13 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 117 13 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 113 15 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 114 109 16 8
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 113 101 17 3
METFORMIN HCL ER 110 103 18 95
FUROSEMIDE 109 96 19 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109 92 19 27
ATENOLOL 105 92 21 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 104 86 22 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 66 23 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 75 24 51
RAMIPRIL 86 66 25 63
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 73 26 45
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 82 75 27 39
LISINOPRIL 81 81 28 16
MELOXICAM 77 60 29 90
GALANTAMINE HBR 74 66 30 220
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 69 51 31 17
NABUMETONE 66 52 32 22
AZITHROMYCIN 64 52 33 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 53 34 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 56 35 48
ALLOPURINOL 58 40 36 103
NAMENDA 57 57 37 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 49 38 26
VERAPAMIL ER 50 41 39 34
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 April 26, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.