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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,121Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 173 out of 1479

$260K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 231 out of 1479

233 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,067 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$29 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
RANITIDINE HCL 504 504 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 494 491 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 469 469 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 337 333 4 7
GABAPENTIN 290 290 5 5
NAMENDA 253 253 6 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 248 248 7 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 224 224 8 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 212 212 9 3
FUROSEMIDE 211 211 10 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 177 11 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 176 176 12 76
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 172 172 13 17
RISPERIDONE 168 168 14 88
METFORMIN HCL 139 139 15 2
ATENOLOL 123 123 16 11
PAROXETINE HCL 115 115 17 77
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 112 18 31
SERTRALINE HCL 111 111 19 38
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 108 107 20 142
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 106 106 21 108
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 104 22 8
NABUMETONE 102 102 23 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 100 100 24 98
HUMULIN N 99 99 25 42
CARVEDILOL 95 95 26 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 86 86 27 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 85 28 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 79 79 29 83
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 79 29 14
ASPIRIN EC 74 74 31 24
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 74 31 18
LISINOPRIL 73 73 33 16
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 72 34 132
SURE COMFORT 70 70 35 58
MECLIZINE HCL 69 69 36 50
GALANTAMINE HBR 63 63 37 220
CLOPIDOGREL 61 61 38 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 58 39 48
OLANZAPINE 58 58 39 244
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 56 R 41 187
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 56 41 194
SYNTHROID 53 52 43 12
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 June 27, 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.