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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,587Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 551

$826K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 551

872 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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

5% of this provider’s 872 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 872 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,137 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$31 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,243 868 1 4
LOVASTATIN 1,109 683 2 68
RANITIDINE HCL 1,067 709 3 8
METFORMIN HCL 991 646 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 795 476 5 7
GABAPENTIN 780 502 6 3
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 736 481 7 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 680 487 8 6
SIMVASTATIN 632 458 9 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 569 372 10 10
SYNTHROID 552 345 11 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 495 312 12 54
CARVEDILOL 479 319 13 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 475 329 14 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 464 288 15 5
NABUMETONE 383 226 16 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 370 238 17 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 345 220 18 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 334 232 19 23
PREDNISONE 329 199 20 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 322 185 21 59
FUROSEMIDE 318 217 22 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 308 249 23 19
LANTUS 300 204 24 28
ASPIRIN EC 284 216 25 26
LISINOPRIL 277 203 26 14
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 268 157 27 129
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262 175 28 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 152 29 29
FENOFIBRATE 241 144 30 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 224 145 31 36
ZETIA 207 118 32 69
CEPHALEXIN 204 118 33 181
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 204 161 33 25
PAROXETINE HCL 202 126 35 77
GLIMEPIRIDE 187 108 36 16
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 181 107 37 119
CLOPIDOGREL 171 134 38 30
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 164 81 39 45
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 100 40 46
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 154 115 41 89
FEXOFENADINE HCL 154 84 41 143
DEXAMETHASONE 152 109 43 111
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 149 89 44 265
PLAVIX 140 106 45 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 140 72 45 42
INSULIN SYRINGE 135 85 47 41
TRAMADOL HCL 134 79 48 32
CLONIDINE HCL 133 79 49 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 102 50 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 100 51 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 127 56 51 66
SERTRALINE HCL 125 74 53 43
SUCRALFATE 122 76 54 120
HUMULIN 70-30 121 63 55 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 43 S2 56 102
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 118 85 57 100
MECLIZINE HCL 110 89 58 56
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 110 45 S3 58 167
CARAFATE 109 88 60 130
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 108 62 61 113
MELOXICAM 108 62 61 90
QVAR 106 64 63 136
PROAIR HFA 104 39 64 92
LYRICA 99 49 65 86
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 97 61 66 127
FAMOTIDINE 91 64 67 31
JANUMET 89 52 68 109
HUMALOG 87 60 69 101
ATENOLOL 87 67 69 12
NITROSTAT 87 80 69 152
DIOVAN 85 78 72 57
NAPROXEN 83 51 73 80
GLIPIZIDE 79 28 74 20
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 78 33 75 49
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 77 44 S3 76 276
RAMIPRIL 75 42 77 53
LACTULOSE 74 55 78 162
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 70 40 79 110
LANSOPRAZOLE 65 41 80 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 63 63 81 50
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 58 29 82 150
MEGESTROL ACETATE 58 54 R 82 115
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 57 39 R 84 48
JANUVIA 57 52 84 87
METRONIDAZOLE 57 41 84 252
TRAZODONE HCL 56 36 87 167
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 44 88 107
HUMULIN N 52 40 89 47
LOPERAMIDE 52 31 89 211
CRESTOR 51 42 91 62
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 44 92 75
PREMARIN 50 27 R 92 234
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 Jan. 3, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.