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Prescriber Checkup

RICARDO CIGARROA M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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38,216Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 823

$1.72M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 823

2,100 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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 Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 2,100 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 33,825 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Texas
FUROSEMIDE 1,923 1,710 1 7
DIGOXIN 1,827 1,612 10 2 33
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 1,518 1,287 10 3 62
CLOPIDOGREL 1,488 1,262 10 4 16
SIMVASTATIN 1,429 1,304 5 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,407 1,236 6 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,173 1,119 7 6
PLAVIX 1,093 944 10 8 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,046 988 9 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,005 869 10 13
LABETALOL HCL 861 751 10 11 160
MELOXICAM 856 822 12 27
DIOVAN HCT 830 717 13 79
VERAPAMIL ER PM 792 716 10 14 208
VERAPAMIL ER 781 708 10 15 171
GLIMEPIRIDE 733 638 16 51
CARVEDILOL 731 591 17 12
METFORMIN HCL 689 605 18 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 634 615 19 24
OMEPRAZOLE 574 538 20 5
CRESTOR 556 472 21 20
AMIODARONE HCL 550 503 22 106
NEXIUM 516 471 23 10
LEVOFLOXACIN 437 372 24 101
DIOVAN 428 386 25 35
METOLAZONE 424 371 10 26 233
CILOSTAZOL 391 370 27 146
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 374 302 28 17
JANUVIA 364 334 29 70
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 358 300 30 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 316 295 31 18
LIPITOR 302 272 32 128
PROPAFENONE HCL 299 235 33 257
AZITHROMYCIN 288 253 34 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 269 220 10 35 199
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 267 250 36 26
ATENOLOL 265 240 37 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 263 234 38 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 259 218 S3 39 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 254 222 40 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 252 236 41 21
LISINOPRIL 233 214 42 4
NAPROXEN 217 183 43 93
CLONIDINE HCL 214 169 44 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 212 190 45 3
MEGESTROL ACETATE 210 197 R 46 241
JANTOVEN 200 180 47 263
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 193 138 48 284
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 183 177 49 23
SERTRALINE HCL 177 146 50 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 154 51 29
GLIPIZIDE 170 147 51 105
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 132 10 53 367
JANUMET 158 118 53 193
KLOR-CON M10 157 116 55 182
GLYBURIDE 151 136 R 56 150
MECLIZINE HCL 150 142 57 184
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 150 139 57 99
ZETIA 149 136 59 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 140 135 60 30
GABAPENTIN 133 109 61 8
IBUPROFEN 121 98 62 103
TRAMADOL HCL 118 91 63 15
KLOR-CON M20 112 100 64 198
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 103 65 34
CELEBREX 100 90 66 115
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 97 86 R 67 121
TRICOR 96 74 68 150
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 94 78 69 371
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 79 70 39
CLONIDINE 91 89 70 361
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 89 79 S3 72 323
NITROSTAT 87 75 73 139
GEMFIBROZIL 83 75 74 235
PACERONE 81 67 75 351
ALLOPURINOL 80 63 76 61
PREDNISONE 78 77 77 31
EXELON 77 74 78 102
NIFEDIPINE ER 77 49 78 97
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 77 76 78 44
LACTULOSE 72 71 81 220
TEMAZEPAM 71 71 82 390
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 69 69 83 95
FAMOTIDINE 68 56 84 116
LOVASTATIN 67 65 85 132
FENOFIBRATE 63 61 86 152
SPIRIVA 61 55 87 64
CAPTOPRIL 60 60 88 337
LEXAPRO 60 52 88 331
ALPRAZOLAM 59 48 90 251
ACTONEL 58 58 91 228
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 53 91 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 46 93 72
PAROXETINE HCL 54 51 94 175
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 49 94 50
NAMENDA 52 42 96 28
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 49 96 142
ACTOS 51 48 98 130
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 38 99 125
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 Oct. 22, 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.