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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,385Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 551

$658K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 551

755 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,733 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 989 808 1 1
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 631 497 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 607 447 3 7
METFORMIN HCL 581 467 4 2
GABAPENTIN 515 353 5 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 407 367 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 402 323 7 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 332 282 8 9
ATENOLOL 328 305 9 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 284 230 10 38
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 272 191 11 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 242 201 12 16
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 217 169 13 99
GLIPIZIDE 215 167 14 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 204 182 15 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 193 164 16 24
FENOFIBRATE 188 147 17 34
LEVOXYL 178 141 18 40
CARVEDILOL 171 128 19 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 170 116 20 27
LANTUS 169 109 21 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 136 22 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 160 122 23 93
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 120 24 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 147 129 25 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 99 26 15
SYNTHROID 130 101 27 11
RANITIDINE HCL 127 95 28 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127 116 28 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 119 101 30 17
PREDNISONE 118 80 31 65
NABUMETONE 115 86 32 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 75 33 36
EVISTA 111 96 34 52
CLOPIDOGREL 111 87 34 30
LISINOPRIL 105 79 36 14
HUMALOG 102 49 37 101
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 102 83 37 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 101 73 39 23
CRESTOR 98 47 40 62
DIOVAN 98 66 40 57
VERAPAMIL ER 97 80 42 39
FUROSEMIDE 95 77 43 13
INDAPAMIDE 95 67 43 116
PLAVIX 92 74 45 33
PAROXETINE HCL 91 56 46 77
IBUPROFEN 87 71 47 180
ZETIA 80 43 48 69
CILOSTAZOL 77 71 49 64
RAMIPRIL 76 66 50 53
MECLIZINE HCL 74 67 51 56
TRAMADOL HCL 74 47 51 32
NAMENDA 73 61 53 94
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 72 61 54 42
IRBESARTAN 71 53 55 51
ACTOS 70 33 56 135
BUMETANIDE 69 67 57 108
SERTRALINE HCL 68 29 58 43
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 65 43 59 49
SINGULAIR 65 45 59 58
WARFARIN SODIUM 64 56 61 46
FINASTERIDE 63 48 62 82
DIGOXIN 62 62 63 44
LANSOPRAZOLE 61 45 64 72
CYMBALTA 60 32 65 105
ASPIRIN EC 59 45 66 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 52 67 97
TERAZOSIN HCL 58 56 67 128
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 55 23 R 69 147
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 25 69 41
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 46 R 71 115
JANUVIA 50 45 72 87
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. 26, 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.