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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,468Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 384

$584K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 384

739 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%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

6% of this provider’s 739 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

1% of this provider’s 15,865 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

$30 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,603 1,366 1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 1,058 844 2 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 757 656 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 636 486 4 8
METFORMIN HCL 636 517 4 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 622 544 6 10
GABAPENTIN 488 346 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 462 385 8 17
ASPIRIN EC 457 387 9 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 430 402 10 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 424 334 11 6
CARVEDILOL 405 348 12 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 370 311 13 5
SYNTHROID 356 313 14 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 355 315 15 25
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 340 236 16 29
ATENOLOL 339 305 17 12
FAMOTIDINE 324 284 18 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 269 243 19 21
LISINOPRIL 248 212 20 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 222 176 21 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 222 191 21 19
FENOFIBRATE 220 177 23 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 217 173 24 18
TRAMADOL HCL 216 155 25 40
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 212 167 26 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 197 181 27 20
MECLIZINE HCL 190 171 28 73
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 182 171 29 11
HUMULIN 70-30 180 156 30 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 157 31 16
VERAPAMIL ER 160 101 32 41
LANTUS 150 119 33 42
GLIPIZIDE 148 141 34 27
DIPYRIDAMOLE 146 128 R 35 97
INSULIN SYRINGE 144 103 36 46
DIGOXIN 131 107 37 49
PLAVIX 127 103 38 32
SERTRALINE HCL 126 120 39 26
CAPTOPRIL 121 106 40 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 99 41 61
FINASTERIDE 110 91 42 62
SURE COMFORT 102 75 43 96
GLIPIZIDE XL 102 100 43 115
AZITHROMYCIN 102 81 43 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 102 87 43 50
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 92 66 47 58
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 44 S2 48 93
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 90 64 49 22
BACLOFEN 89 65 50 109
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 83 69 51 103
ENDOCET 77 48 S2 52 293
CLOPIDOGREL 76 74 53 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 60 54 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 74 59 54 48
ASPIR-LOW 71 48 56 176
LANSOPRAZOLE 69 57 57 86
CLONIDINE HCL 67 52 58 84
SULINDAC 64 57 59 79
CILOSTAZOL 63 54 60 70
GLIPIZIDE ER 62 48 61 105
PREDNISONE 62 39 61 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 54 63 33
KETOCONAZOLE 56 40 64 142
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 56 56 64 118
ZETIA 56 40 64 69
DIOVAN HCT 54 48 67 66
LATANOPROST 54 54 67 76
HUMULIN N 53 41 69 57
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 45 69 88
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 51 46 71 159
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 51 71 24
FEXOFENADINE HCL 51 44 71 227
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, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.