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Prescriber Checkup

LUIS GUZMAN-LUGO M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,896Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 32

$559K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 32

574 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 574 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

3% of this provider’s 16,482 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$28 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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 1,709 1,426 1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 904 732 2 5
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 823 658 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 754 610 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 664 525 5 6
GLIPIZIDE 655 515 6 15
NAPROXEN 589 492 10 7 35
GABAPENTIN 512 418 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 500 448 9 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 458 397 10 4
CAPTOPRIL 436 352 11 42
DONEPEZIL HCL 392 371 12 22
PENTOXIFYLLINE 391 373 13 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 302 278 14 11
SERTRALINE HCL 301 280 15 18
ATENOLOL 296 284 16 12
OMEPRAZOLE 288 251 17 8
GEMFIBROZIL 274 237 18 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 272 236 19 17
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 251 210 20 84
KETOCONAZOLE 239 154 21 69
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 238 207 22 71
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 238 148 22 86
MEGESTROL ACETATE 235 214 R 24 75
NAMENDA 230 230 25 33
VERAPAMIL ER 220 170 26 34
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 198 159 27 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 186 164 28 20
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 175 110 29 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 170 162 30 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 161 133 31 25
CLOPIDOGREL 159 144 32 39
GLYBURIDE 158 131 R 33 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 156 124 34 45
VERAPAMIL HCL 136 92 10 35 83
EVISTA 135 128 36 54
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 132 37 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 124 104 38 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 118 105 39 29
NABUMETONE 117 73 40 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 99 41 10
LISINOPRIL 110 110 42 9
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 105 103 43 21
DIGOXIN 103 99 44 70
HUMULIN 70-30 103 96 44 44
LACTULOSE 102 80 46 101
PLAVIX 100 89 47 40
MECLIZINE HCL 97 96 48 63
SURE COMFORT 97 85 48 41
MUPIROCIN 97 66 48 120
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 85 51 43
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 89 89 52 98
LANTUS 87 84 53 37
TRAMADOL HCL 85 66 54 26
CARVEDILOL 82 81 55 24
RAMIPRIL 76 64 56 66
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 53 57 110
FAMOTIDINE 72 54 58 53
CLONIDINE HCL 70 50 59 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 43 59 104
LOVASTATIN 69 68 61 73
HUMULIN N 69 69 61 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 62 63 90
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 67 64 57
DILANTIN 66 52 65 129
IRBESARTAN 66 57 65 59
WARFARIN SODIUM 66 61 65 81
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 57 68 99
HALOPERIDOL 64 52 69 131
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 62 62 R 70 49
SYNTHROID 54 54 71 13
FEXOFENADINE HCL 53 40 72 115
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 40 72 47
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 46 74 146
CYMBALTA 51 49 74 80
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 25, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.