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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,324Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 551

$548K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 551

770 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%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

2% of this provider’s 770 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 770 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,710 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$25 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 1,521 1,195 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,284 1,001 2 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,142 908 3 6
METFORMIN HCL 1,128 826 4 2
GABAPENTIN 1,093 768 5 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 853 638 6 15
RANITIDINE HCL 753 530 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 745 607 8 4
HUMULIN N 623 454 10 9 47
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 573 480 10 9
SYNTHROID 509 397 11 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 504 441 12 17
GLIPIZIDE 443 338 13 20
ASPIRIN EC 418 327 14 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 400 284 15 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 364 278 16 24
OMEPRAZOLE 362 249 17 7
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 222 18 18
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 333 271 19 25
FUROSEMIDE 301 220 20 13
TRAMADOL HCL 230 168 21 32
ATENOLOL 218 134 22 12
CLONIDINE HCL 216 178 23 60
SERTRALINE HCL 199 171 24 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 190 139 25 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 190 116 25 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 169 104 27 46
VERAPAMIL ER 153 132 28 39
CARVEDILOL 142 109 29 22
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 142 78 29 5
MECLIZINE HCL 137 121 31 56
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 136 87 32 49
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 131 94 33 89
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 131 90 33 113
PREDNISONE 129 89 35 65
PLAVIX 129 109 35 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 128 113 37 98
NAPROXEN 125 59 38 80
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 123 101 39 100
GEMFIBROZIL 123 35 39 61
MELOXICAM 121 79 41 90
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 77 42 10
MAXIMUM D3 117 76 43 103
CLOPIDOGREL 109 88 44 30
DILTIAZEM HCL 103 68 45 106
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 67 46 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 60 47 54
INSULIN SYRINGE 97 79 48 41
AZITHROMYCIN 97 73 48 55
GALANTAMINE HBR 91 91 50 189
SURE COMFORT 90 65 51 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 60 52 27
LOVASTATIN 85 56 52 68
ASPIR-LOW 81 58 54 141
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 62 55 119
DIPYRIDAMOLE 80 80 R 55 76
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 80 61 55 127
HUMULIN 70-30 72 61 58 35
DIOVAN 70 54 59 57
FINASTERIDE 62 53 60 82
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 60 34 61 45
HALOPERIDOL 59 46 62 257
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 59 47 62 170
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 39 62 42
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 40 65 72
NABUMETONE 57 24 66 37
SULINDAC 57 38 66 78
SINGULAIR 56 34 68 58
PENTOXIFYLLINE 54 38 69 73
LACTULOSE 52 46 70 162
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 36 71 66
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.