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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,448Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 1479

$585K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 1479

585 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%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

8% of this provider’s 585 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 585 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 13,672 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$32 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
METFORMIN HCL 807 581 1 2
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 737 540 2 18
RANITIDINE HCL 720 545 3 4
GABAPENTIN 690 514 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 566 454 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 464 299 6 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 434 347 7 3
DIPYRIDAMOLE 405 294 R 10 8 56
ATENOLOL 392 273 9 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 354 231 10 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 340 242 11 6
GLIPIZIDE 312 231 12 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 294 264 13 36
SERTRALINE HCL 255 219 14 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 250 199 15 8
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 242 201 16 68
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 227 195 17 33
PREDNISONE 214 156 18 67
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 202 158 19 17
GLYBURIDE 199 168 R 20 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 198 149 21 10
CILOSTAZOL 193 162 22 65
SYNTHROID 188 124 23 12
NABUMETONE 186 131 24 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 182 158 25 19
MECLIZINE HCL 182 176 25 50
LANTUS 178 143 27 35
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 175 138 28 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 171 155 29 31
CLOPIDOGREL 169 126 30 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 165 121 31 54
INSULIN SYRINGE 158 124 32 30
VERAPAMIL ER 157 92 33 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 104 34 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 137 137 35 45
HUMULIN 70-30 125 89 36 43
ASPIRIN EC 124 119 37 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 123 94 38 26
CEFADROXIL 121 97 39 117
IRBESARTAN 118 100 40 78
AZITHROMYCIN 116 72 41 25
LEVOXYL 116 103 41 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 60 43 104
NAPROXEN 99 84 44 57
CRESTOR 98 78 45 73
PLAVIX 96 76 46 52
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 94 73 47 119
QUINAPRIL HCL 94 48 47 136
CAPTOPRIL 92 76 49 28
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 30 S2 50 70
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 86 49 51 39
GEMFIBROZIL 86 45 51 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 59 53 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 40 54 64
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 80 46 R 54 235
LISINOPRIL 78 50 56 16
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 77 60 S3 57 214
LYRICA 77 43 57 99
HYDROXYZINE HCL 75 45 R 59 187
FINASTERIDE 74 62 60 84
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 73 65 61 165
RAMIPRIL 72 59 62 63
CARVEDILOL 71 37 63 32
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 45 63 123
FUROSEMIDE 70 39 65 15
DIOVAN HCT 67 43 66 86
NAMENDA 67 67 66 69
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 65 46 68 188
SINGULAIR 63 25 69 74
AVAPRO 61 54 70 114
METHOTREXATE 61 48 70 240
PENTOXIFYLLINE 61 50 70 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 46 73 66
FENOFIBRATE 60 30 73 37
DIGOXIN 60 49 73 61
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 60 39 73 91
CARTIA XT 58 50 77 232
HALOPERIDOL 58 36 77 141
EVISTA 57 47 79 79
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 57 36 79 29
DIOVAN 56 46 81 85
SURE COMFORT 56 39 81 58
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 34 83 76
CYMBALTA 54 29 83 159
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 40 85 21
LATANOPROST 53 43 85 116
HUMULIN N 51 44 87 42
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 51 41 87 82
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 38 89 156
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.