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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,290Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 116 out of 384

$773K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 384

766 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%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 766 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 3,822 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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
GABAPENTIN 1,440 653 1 4
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 989 364 10 2 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 610 529 3 33
SERTRALINE HCL 492 438 4 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 257 154 5 20
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 237 214 6 140
LEVETIRACETAM 212 101 7 145
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 193 158 8 83
TRAMADOL HCL 171 46 9 40
OMEPRAZOLE 139 60 10 8
NABUMETONE 139 18 10 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 129 70 12 36
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 80 31 13 269
TEGRETOL XR 77 22 14 309
SEROQUEL 77 66 14 141
KEPPRA 66 28 16 411
LYRICA 66 11 16 92
AVONEX 62 0 18 426
CYMBALTA 59 0 19 71
PREDNISONE 56 22 20 56
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 11 S2 20 93
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 55 0 22 154
TIZANIDINE HCL 55 15 22 221
PAROXETINE HCL 50 27 24 37
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 Sept. 15, 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.