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Prescriber Checkup

GERMAN SUAREZ MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,228Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 372 out of 3647

$849K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 351 out of 3647

974 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 Florida
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,550 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Florida
SIMVASTATIN 1,109 1,078 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 873 828 2 3
VIAGRA 667 644 3 69
LISINOPRIL 665 648 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 499 471 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 393 372 6 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 388 354 7 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 383 371 8 9
ATENOLOL 354 336 9 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 335 323 10 32
RANITIDINE HCL 320 314 11 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 319 297 12 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 303 294 13 7
CRESTOR 298 294 14 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 286 283 15 23
FAMOTIDINE 277 269 16 61
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 249 17 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 263 263 18 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 228 225 19 18
GABAPENTIN 228 211 19 17
FUROSEMIDE 213 204 21 8
CARVEDILOL 195 185 22 20
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 188 184 23 152
PAROXETINE HCL 181 172 24 60
SERTRALINE HCL 171 156 25 27
ADVAIR DISKUS 166 146 26 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 160 27 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 154 141 28 38
GLYBURIDE 148 147 R 29 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 134 30 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 142 30 28
PLAVIX 140 140 32 39
CLOPIDOGREL 137 137 33 26
JANUVIA 134 128 34 72
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 120 117 35 35
ZOSTAVAX 115 108 36 178
GLIPIZIDE 114 109 37 41
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 113 103 38 57
NIFEDIPINE ER 108 108 39 67
DIOVAN 108 103 39 40
FINASTERIDE 106 100 41 66
ALLOPURINOL 106 102 41 37
LACTULOSE 106 105 41 128
MECLIZINE HCL 98 98 44 85
DIGOXIN 97 93 45 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 94 46 56
LOVASTATIN 91 89 47 21
VENTOLIN HFA 86 80 48 88
FELODIPINE ER 86 86 48 186
EASY TOUCH 85 83 50 279
VERAPAMIL ER 84 84 51 99
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 80 78 52 84
FENOFIBRATE 78 71 53 50
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 77 54 48
LANTUS 73 73 55 59
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 71 68 R 56 94
TERAZOSIN HCL 69 69 57 103
GLIPIZIDE ER 66 65 58 112
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 66 55 58 74
KETOCONAZOLE 64 62 60 132
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 61 155
BENICAR 59 56 61 114
VOLTAREN 55 54 63 102
PRADAXA 52 50 64 258
DILTIAZEM ER 51 51 65 167
CYMBALTA 51 51 65 79
HUMULIN 70-30 50 50 67 192
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.