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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,936Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 146 out of 551

$268K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 239 out of 551

349 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,571 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$25 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 916 719 1 1
SYNTHROID 510 405 2 11
GABAPENTIN 475 368 3 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 421 294 4 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 386 337 5 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 374 300 6 6
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 349 239 7 18
ALLOPURINOL 285 239 8 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 271 226 9 21
METFORMIN HCL 264 195 10 2
RANITIDINE HCL 260 173 11 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 247 204 12 42
TIZANIDINE HCL 241 144 13 138
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 200 14 10
FENOFIBRATE 226 177 15 34
CARVEDILOL 219 188 16 22
ASPIRIN EC 211 171 17 26
LEVOXYL 200 150 18 40
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 200 157 18 9
LISINOPRIL 191 165 20 14
FAMOTIDINE 161 137 21 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 152 137 22 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 152 133 22 122
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 128 97 24 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 126 101 25 19
RAMIPRIL 112 87 26 53
COUMADIN 102 68 27 88
NIFEDIPINE ER 99 80 28 75
DIGOXIN 97 95 29 44
MAXIMUM D3 93 80 30 103
CENTRUM SILVER 91 85 10 31 297
EVISTA 88 37 32 52
FUROSEMIDE 83 67 33 13
AZITHROMYCIN 80 70 34 55
TRAMADOL HCL 77 64 35 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 72 36 38
LACTULOSE 69 59 37 162
ATENOLOL 67 43 38 12
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 57 39 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 55 30 40 29
NAMENDA 54 54 41 94
LORATADINE 53 47 42 164
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 May 28, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.