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BALTAZAR RODRIGUEZ CRUZ

LARES MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITALES CARR 111 KM 2.9 BO PUEBLO

Lares | Puerto Rico | 00669

(787) 897-1444

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,779Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 1479

$865K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 1479

1,075 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%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 1,075 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

3% of this provider’s 16,467 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,600 1,245 1 1
GABAPENTIN 887 666 2 5
RANITIDINE HCL 657 513 3 4
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 596 445 4 3
NABUMETONE 535 432 5 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 511 388 6 6
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 489 374 R 7 53
METHYLPREDNISOLONE ACETATE 488 399 10 8 180
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 480 376 9 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 449 375 10 8
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 442 304 11 29
OMEPRAZOLE 440 339 12 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 388 289 13 10
ATENOLOL 363 265 14 11
ASPIRIN EC 342 281 15 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 335 302 16 31
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 317 201 17 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 302 230 18 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 300 227 19 9
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 272 206 20 26
SURE COMFORT 269 207 21 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 259 232 22 19
AZITHROMYCIN 254 181 23 25
FUROSEMIDE 251 204 24 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 241 200 25 36
VITRUM SENIOR 231 174 10 26 255
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 217 193 27 33
ETODOLAC 208 168 28 75
FEXOFENADINE HCL 206 157 29 112
PROAIR HFA 205 127 30 80
PREDNISONE 201 168 31 67
METFORMIN HCL 201 143 31 2
TRAMADOL HCL 196 151 33 20
CARVEDILOL 190 155 34 32
BACLOFEN 178 88 35 89
LEVOFLOXACIN 172 138 36 115
QVAR 164 121 37 174
LISINOPRIL 163 122 38 16
KETOCONAZOLE 157 102 39 93
HUMULIN N 157 125 39 42
MECLIZINE HCL 155 138 41 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 154 115 42 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 116 43 66
LEVOXYL 143 116 44 44
CALCIUM 600 + VIT D 143 110 44 253
LANTUS 134 106 46 35
SINGULAIR 128 98 47 74
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 118 97 48 39
PAROXETINE HCL 113 74 49 77
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 112 83 50 217
VERAPAMIL ER 112 87 50 34
CLOPIDOGREL 103 81 52 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 97 80 53 17
CENTRUM SILVER 94 70 10 54 158
GUAIFENESIN-DEXTROMETHORPHAN 91 73 10 55 304
NAPROXEN SODIUM 90 56 56 87
MAPAP 86 57 57 306
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 63 58 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 78 59 45
CEFTRIAXONE 79 61 60 182
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 78 66 61 54
CALTRATE 600 + D 78 55 61 157
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 57 63 104
SULINDAC 75 69 64 62
ACETAMINOPHEN 74 51 65 286
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 61 66 27
CRESTOR 73 46 66 73
WARFARIN SODIUM 71 71 68 83
HUMULIN 70-30 70 53 69 43
DIGOXIN 69 63 70 61
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 59 71 94
SYNTHROID 64 34 72 12
FENOFIBRATE 64 35 72 37
LABETALOL HCL 61 44 74 329
SERTRALINE HCL 61 18 74 38
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 21 S2 76 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 58 49 77 185
SPIRIVA 56 42 78 164
LOPERAMIDE 56 36 78 212
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 44 78 100
GLIPIZIDE 55 38 81 13
CILOSTAZOL 54 52 82 65
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 52 52 83 82
LACTULOSE 51 50 84 172
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 33 85 81
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 50 41 85 91
GEMFIBROZIL 50 30 85 49
CAPTOPRIL 50 38 85 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 39 85 64
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.