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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,875Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 384

$655K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 384

620 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
4% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 620 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 620 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,878 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 1,007 760 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 888 707 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 741 575 3 8
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 625 439 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 447 364 5 17
GLIPIZIDE 445 355 6 27
SYNTHROID 418 362 7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 385 266 8 3
GABAPENTIN 346 228 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 331 227 10 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 330 265 11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 231 12 15
ATENOLOL 296 262 13 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 259 170 14 39
CLOPIDOGREL 241 206 15 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 227 185 16 10
GEMFIBROZIL 217 147 17 74
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 194 158 18 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 191 162 19 43
TRAMADOL HCL 183 111 20 40
DIOVAN 171 161 21 54
PLAVIX 170 139 22 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 170 169 22 48
MECLIZINE HCL 169 157 24 73
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 169 111 24 58
INSULIN SYRINGE 167 99 26 46
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 164 119 27 11
CARVEDILOL 150 105 28 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 149 145 29 20
NABUMETONE 147 108 30 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 145 112 31 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 70 32 16
IRBESARTAN 119 109 33 55
VERAPAMIL ER 118 59 34 41
CRESTOR 115 94 35 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 100 35 19
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 93 35 13
DIGOXIN 114 114 38 49
ASPIRIN EC 113 92 39 31
HUMULIN N 110 93 40 57
IBUPROFEN 110 78 40 224
DIOVAN HCT 109 70 42 66
HUMULIN 70-30 107 76 43 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 105 74 44 50
LANTUS 98 71 45 42
NAPROXEN SODIUM 96 77 46 164
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 71 47 25
FENOFIBRATE 88 66 48 53
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 86 54 R 49 106
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 65 50 127
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 77 76 51 118
DEXAMETHASONE 75 59 52 117
ALLOPURINOL 75 34 52 94
FEXOFENADINE HCL 73 44 54 227
SERTRALINE HCL 71 62 55 26
CILOSTAZOL 71 67 55 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 69 47 57 22
LISINOPRIL 67 31 58 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 66 59 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 19 S2 60 93
LYRICA 65 53 60 92
AVAPRO 64 64 62 87
LANSOPRAZOLE 62 59 63 86
FAMOTIDINE 61 57 64 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 47 64 61
PREDNISONE 60 29 66 56
EVISTA 58 45 67 52
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 48 68 36
GLYBURIDE 53 46 R 68 82
LEVOXYL 52 50 70 44
ACTOS 52 43 70 169
CELEBREX 51 20 72 205
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 36 73 28
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 Nov. 9, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.