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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,347Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 275 out of 551

$278K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 224 out of 551

331 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
1% 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

0% of this provider’s 5,633 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 371 350 1 1
GABAPENTIN 234 216 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 222 204 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 222 205 3 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 178 5 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 211 197 6 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 181 137 7 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 180 172 8 9
CARVEDILOL 175 162 9 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 169 155 10 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 130 11 29
CLOPIDOGREL 112 109 12 30
HUMULIN 70-30 108 102 13 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 98 82 14 17
OMEPRAZOLE 97 85 15 7
LANTUS 96 90 16 28
FUROSEMIDE 95 84 17 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 74 18 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 83 19 21
SYNTHROID 88 84 20 11
PLAVIX 84 76 21 33
GLIPIZIDE ER 82 82 22 85
ASPIRIN EC 69 64 23 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 65 24 38
PREDNISONE 64 49 25 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 53 26 36
DIOVAN 60 60 27 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 58 28 24
VERAPAMIL ER 57 55 29 39
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 43 30 41
ATENOLOL 54 54 31 12
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 43 31 25
DIGOXIN 53 45 33 44
PAROXETINE HCL 53 41 33 77
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 43 35 18
RANITIDINE HCL 52 51 35 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 50 37 79
GLIPIZIDE 50 50 37 20
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. 1, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.