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Prescriber Checkup

ELLIOT MELECIO M.D.

EDIF. CARIBE MEDICAL PLAZA MARGINAL SANTA RITA 1 SUITE 204

Vega alta | Puerto Rico | 00692

(787) 270-0710

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,740Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 551

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 551

828 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%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

3% of this provider’s 828 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

2% of this provider’s 20,129 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,409 1,094 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,362 1,092 2 4
GABAPENTIN 1,036 736 3 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 962 743 4 6
RANITIDINE HCL 870 641 5 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 834 628 6 29
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 818 591 7 18
METFORMIN HCL 769 516 8 2
OMEPRAZOLE 681 466 9 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 581 383 10 10
SYNTHROID 520 408 11 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 493 374 12 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 466 381 13 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 444 354 14 15
DIOVAN 405 309 15 57
ATENOLOL 371 293 16 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 371 266 16 23
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 354 238 18 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 353 290 19 16
LISINOPRIL 325 231 20 14
TRAZODONE HCL 312 284 21 167
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 311 232 22 45
FUROSEMIDE 308 249 23 13
CLOPIDOGREL 277 234 24 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 276 273 25 50
PLAVIX 258 239 26 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 241 205 27 17
FENOFIBRATE 238 165 28 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 232 188 29 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 223 121 30 36
HUMULIN 70-30 203 147 31 35
FAMOTIDINE 199 123 32 31
LANTUS 195 135 33 28
VERAPAMIL ER 185 123 34 39
NAMENDA 177 168 35 94
INSULIN SYRINGE 176 125 36 41
NABUMETONE 175 98 37 37
RAMIPRIL 171 158 38 53
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 169 131 39 89
PAROXETINE HCL 165 131 40 77
DIOVAN HCT 164 130 41 71
CARVEDILOL 162 149 42 22
EVISTA 159 129 43 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 159 123 43 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 158 150 45 21
LYRICA 156 82 46 86
IRBESARTAN 150 134 47 51
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 148 119 48 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 147 101 49 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 146 108 50 117
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 118 51 38
CRESTOR 141 118 52 62
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 133 123 R 53 48
GLIPIZIDE 124 95 54 20
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 121 83 55 49
SINGULAIR 120 63 56 58
DIGOXIN 119 116 57 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119 68 57 66
JANUVIA 118 89 59 87
ASPIRIN EC 116 98 60 26
SERTRALINE HCL 115 102 61 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 112 64 62 97
AZITHROMYCIN 109 80 63 55
LANSOPRAZOLE 107 68 64 72
MECLIZINE HCL 100 89 65 56
METFORMIN HCL ER 97 64 66 67
CYMBALTA 96 54 67 105
LEVOXYL 87 87 68 40
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 81 45 69 110
GLIPIZIDE ER 77 56 70 85
AVAPRO 75 74 71 83
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 74 52 72 284
WARFARIN SODIUM 73 62 73 46
SPIRIVA 72 50 74 133
HUMULIN N 71 61 75 47
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69 68 76 171
FINASTERIDE 68 63 77 82
JANUMET 68 44 77 109
CAPTOPRIL 67 50 79 63
ZETIA 66 38 80 69
NIFEDIPINE ER 64 33 81 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 62 81 122
ACTOS 62 31 83 135
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 47 83 79
GLIPIZIDE XL 61 46 85 81
GLYBURIDE 60 53 R 86 70
ONGLYZA 57 42 87 145
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 45 87 119
EXELON 57 57 87 201
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 25 90 156
CILOSTAZOL 56 56 90 64
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 42 92 93
METOLAZONE 54 48 92 142
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 54 54 R 92 91
PENTOXIFYLLINE 53 44 95 73
FEXOFENADINE HCL 52 31 96 143
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 Oct. 9, 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.