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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,691Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 551

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 551

1,406 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%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

4% of this provider’s 1,406 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 1,406 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 30,264 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$27 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 2,112 1,587 1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 1,837 1,329 10 2 8
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,676 1,158 10 3 18
GABAPENTIN 1,550 1,044 4 3
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 1,336 938 10 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 1,287 958 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 1,210 865 7 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 847 619 8 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 829 696 9 4
FUROSEMIDE 722 531 10 13
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 678 536 10 11 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 653 532 12 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 606 510 13 15
CILOSTAZOL 604 534 10 14 64
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 603 460 15 17
SYNTHROID 569 389 16 11
GLYBURIDE 531 365 R 17 70
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 525 427 18 10
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 476 380 R 19 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 459 383 20 24
GLIPIZIDE 434 319 21 20
NABUMETONE 415 226 22 37
CARVEDILOL 389 323 23 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 379 245 24 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 371 358 25 21
LISINOPRIL 367 275 26 14
HUMULIN N 361 284 27 47
CLONIDINE HCL 346 244 28 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 343 247 29 27
ASPIRIN EC 335 274 30 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 321 223 31 54
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 307 278 32 25
MECLIZINE HCL 300 250 33 56
TRAMADOL HCL 300 185 33 32
PREDNISONE 296 221 35 65
DEXAMETHASONE 288 212 10 36 111
GLIMEPIRIDE 283 225 37 16
FAMOTIDINE 279 236 38 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 270 266 39 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 253 169 40 46
ATENOLOL 252 188 41 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 242 220 42 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 238 209 43 38
CLOPIDOGREL 235 193 44 30
HUMULIN 70-30 231 164 45 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 222 149 46 41
PLAVIX 201 154 47 33
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 198 126 48 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 197 158 49 23
NAPROXEN 195 140 50 80
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 190 174 51 100
AMOXICILLIN 188 137 52 235
GEMFIBROZIL 187 147 53 61
SERTRALINE HCL 187 158 53 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 183 159 55 122
LEVOXYL 182 132 56 40
DIGOXIN 173 158 57 44
PROAIR HFA 172 100 58 92
VERAPAMIL ER 167 140 59 39
CAPTOPRIL 162 118 60 63
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 160 152 61 125
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 158 110 62 66
DILTIAZEM HCL 157 123 63 106
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 153 52 S2 64 102
DIOVAN 146 142 65 57
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 139 93 66 89
AZITHROMYCIN 139 87 66 55
DIPYRIDAMOLE 139 127 R 66 76
LANTUS 133 99 69 28
IRBESARTAN 131 114 70 51
PENTOXIFYLLINE 130 99 71 73
MEGESTROL ACETATE 130 103 R 71 115
TRAZODONE HCL 128 97 73 167
SULINDAC 127 96 74 78
CLOTRIMAZOLE 126 72 75 160
SURE COMFORT 120 92 76 74
HYDROXYZINE HCL 117 86 R 77 213
CRESTOR 115 72 78 62
LEVETIRACETAM 106 57 79 182
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 101 68 80 113
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 100 86 81 29
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 98 61 82 127
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 96 58 83 107
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 77 83 79
LOVASTATIN 95 59 85 68
ALLOPURINOL 94 82 86 84
METOLAZONE 92 79 87 142
AMIODARONE HCL 91 79 88 189
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 43 R 89 184
CYMBALTA 88 31 90 105
LOPERAMIDE 85 65 91 211
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 43 91 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 84 60 93 119
FINASTERIDE 84 84 93 82
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 84 22 R 93 147
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 68 96 186
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 68 96 42
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 79 62 98 110
LATANOPROST 79 75 98 121
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 68 98 171
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 78 58 101 163
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 77 60 R 102 268
RAMIPRIL 75 51 103 53
NIFEDIPINE ER 75 54 103 75
DIOVAN HCT 75 60 103 71
FEXOFENADINE HCL 73 37 106 143
LYRICA 72 49 107 86
DICYCLOMINE HCL 71 35 108 201
LANSOPRAZOLE 71 50 108 72
EVISTA 69 43 110 52
SUCRALFATE 68 60 111 120
COUMADIN 68 67 111 88
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 39 111 139
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 49 R 114 96
PAROXETINE HCL 66 17 114 77
SINGULAIR 66 35 114 58
NAMENDA 65 65 117 94
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 64 46 R 118 91
DOXEPIN HCL 64 55 118 203
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 62 33 120 99
NITROSTAT 60 58 121 152
SEROQUEL 60 57 121 244
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 47 123 114
HALOPERIDOL 57 53 124 257
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 48 125 59
LACTULOSE 53 44 126 162
CARAFATE 52 45 127 130
KETOCONAZOLE 52 25 127 134
FERROUS SULFATE 52 50 127 367
MULTIVITAMINS 52 47 127 240
IBUPROFEN 51 40 131 180
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 51 38 131 230
ENDOCET 50 0 S2 133 157
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.