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HIRAM RIVERA MONTES MD

HOSPITAL WILMA N VAZQUEZ CARR 2 KM 39.5 SUITE 105

Vega baja | Puerto Rico | 00693

(787) 855-9281

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,854Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 384

$632K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 384

920 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%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
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this specialty
in Puerto Rico
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 920 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 920 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 6,628 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,067 1,215 10 1 13
GABAPENTIN 1,609 909 2 4
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 1,439 830 10 3 38
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 446 124 R 10 4 124
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 428 353 5 20
RANITIDINE HCL 403 226 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 367 225 7 8
NABUMETONE 361 168 8 34
BACLOFEN 302 92 9 109
EVISTA 276 130 10 52
LYRICA 236 79 11 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 188 104 12 19
METHOTREXATE 142 84 13 128
ENBREL 128 58 14 207
CELEBREX 125 45 15 205
PREDNISONE 124 59 16 56
MELOXICAM 119 48 17 85
CYMBALTA 109 51 18 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 33 19 39
SYNTHROID 95 64 20 9
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 94 74 21 219
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 91 21 R 22 243
SERTRALINE HCL 85 66 23 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 85 66 23 11
MAXIMUM D3 76 41 25 320
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 68 16 26 81
BONIVA 59 49 27 303
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 44 28 6
SULINDAC 56 45 29 79
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 56 26 29 215
TRAMADOL HCL 56 46 29 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 40 32 50
VITAMIN D 53 44 33 239
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 0 R 33 212
METAXALONE 50 14 R 35 314
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 Aug. 3, 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.