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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,463Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 384

$444K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 72 out of 384

642 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%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

2% of this provider’s 642 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 642 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,291 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 564 470 1 11
METFORMIN HCL 511 406 2 2
ATENOLOL 412 370 3 12
SIMVASTATIN 409 347 4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 391 317 5 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 313 6 3
GABAPENTIN 347 258 7 4
LISINOPRIL 343 298 8 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 307 239 9 6
SYNTHROID 279 204 10 9
OMEPRAZOLE 276 229 11 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 234 215 12 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 230 197 13 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 213 192 14 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 211 187 15 43
AZITHROMYCIN 208 182 16 59
FUROSEMIDE 206 155 17 17
SERTRALINE HCL 202 181 18 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 187 148 19 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 178 20 16
RANITIDINE HCL 170 135 21 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 154 119 22 22
VERAPAMIL ER 126 118 23 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 98 24 50
PAROXETINE HCL 118 109 25 37
INSULIN SYRINGE 116 88 26 46
GEMFIBROZIL 109 81 27 74
DONEPEZIL HCL 109 109 27 33
IRBESARTAN 108 91 29 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 99 29 78
NAMENDA 103 103 31 67
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 92 32 21
HUMULIN N 98 91 33 57
CAPTOPRIL 95 86 34 72
GLIPIZIDE 94 82 35 27
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 92 71 36 58
DIPYRIDAMOLE 91 82 R 37 97
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 87 38 28
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 88 61 39 13
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 76 39 88
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 78 64 41 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 78 71 41 15
JANUMET 77 75 43 116
CETIRIZINE HCL 72 61 44 257
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 72 44 25
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 71 71 R 46 64
PREDNISONE 71 62 46 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 49 48 61
TRAMADOL HCL 68 33 48 40
NABUMETONE 66 50 50 34
LANTUS 64 47 51 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 33 52 39
AMOXICILLIN 58 49 53 192
ETODOLAC 56 49 54 101
DESONIDE 55 47 55 166
CEFADROXIL 53 47 56 102
LEVOXYL 52 44 57 44
FENOFIBRATE 52 51 57 53
EVISTA 51 46 59 52
CLOPIDOGREL 50 38 60 30
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. 30, 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.