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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,232Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 384

$389K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 384

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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

3% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,862 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$20 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 886 841 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 817 739 2 2
ATENOLOL 798 743 3 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 771 741 4 6
GABAPENTIN 732 669 5 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 650 616 6 5
LISINOPRIL 599 564 7 14
LEVOXYL 566 519 8 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 527 486 9 11
GLIPIZIDE 500 470 10 27
RANITIDINE HCL 451 420 11 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 433 398 12 18
ASPIRIN EC 401 389 13 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 364 356 14 28
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 352 315 15 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 321 264 16 20
FUROSEMIDE 297 289 17 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 289 278 18 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 247 229 19 68
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 228 20 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 237 232 21 3
OMEPRAZOLE 221 214 22 8
DIGOXIN 208 204 23 49
FAMOTIDINE 192 182 24 35
PREDNISONE 187 142 25 56
CARVEDILOL 177 174 26 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 163 27 16
HUMULIN N 166 150 28 57
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 166 156 28 173
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 139 30 78
CILOSTAZOL 152 150 31 70
MELOXICAM 151 142 32 85
DEXAMETHASONE 144 139 33 117
GLYBURIDE 143 143 R 34 82
SERTRALINE HCL 143 128 34 26
FINASTERIDE 134 132 36 62
SYNTHROID 133 121 37 9
NIFEDIPINE ER 120 114 38 106
INSULIN SYRINGE 119 113 39 46
VERAPAMIL ER 116 103 40 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 115 41 25
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 115 115 41 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 103 101 43 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 99 44 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 82 45 21
QUINAPRIL HCL 97 85 46 110
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 95 47 19
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 91 91 R 48 64
GALANTAMINE HBR 89 89 49 181
SPIRONOLACTONE 84 72 50 88
WARFARIN SODIUM 82 74 51 48
HUMULIN 70-30 82 68 51 47
PROPRANOLOL HCL 79 77 53 233
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 73 65 54 103
CALTRATE 600 + D 71 71 55 196
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 70 65 R 56 106
NAPROXEN 68 52 57 129
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 65 58 58 161
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 56 59 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 57 59 50
CLOPIDOGREL 62 60 59 30
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 60 50 62 165
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 59 50 63 254
VITAMIN B-12 58 56 64 251
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 57 52 65 118
EVISTA 56 56 66 52
LANTUS 55 50 67 42
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 51 67 98
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 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.