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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,209Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 551

$677K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 551

619 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%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 15,745 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 779 721 1 1
SYNTHROID 726 655 2 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 613 543 3 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 592 547 4 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 565 520 5 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 473 420 6 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 453 412 7 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 397 368 8 6
METFORMIN HCL ER 381 356 9 67
GLIMEPIRIDE 372 363 10 16
GABAPENTIN 369 353 11 3
CARVEDILOL 335 312 12 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 301 291 13 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 292 252 14 15
VERAPAMIL ER 256 225 15 39
METFORMIN HCL 247 223 16 2
OMEPRAZOLE 228 203 17 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 208 185 18 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 206 203 19 19
RAMIPRIL 199 195 20 53
FAMOTIDINE 198 187 21 31
FUROSEMIDE 197 182 22 13
TRAMADOL HCL 188 166 23 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 188 166 23 29
METOLAZONE 184 176 25 142
CITALOPRAM HBR 179 156 26 122
RANITIDINE HCL 170 154 27 8
CLOPIDOGREL 162 152 28 30
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 156 145 29 25
IRBESARTAN 151 138 30 51
SERTRALINE HCL 131 114 31 43
CRESTOR 119 118 32 62
ZETIA 117 109 33 69
LISINOPRIL 114 106 34 14
NAMENDA 110 110 35 94
AZITHROMYCIN 108 98 36 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 107 107 37 42
EVISTA 107 92 37 52
QUINAPRIL HCL 104 91 39 104
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 103 94 40 129
ASPIRIN EC 103 102 40 26
PLAVIX 100 96 42 33
CYMBALTA 96 46 43 105
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 93 44 59
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 90 45 93
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 92 45 50
DIOVAN 89 89 47 57
HUMULIN 70-30 86 85 48 35
MEGESTROL ACETATE 85 83 R 49 115
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 85 74 49 17
FINASTERIDE 83 83 51 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 82 52 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 81 81 53 46
TRANDOLAPRIL 80 80 54 222
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 77 60 55 110
SINGULAIR 77 74 55 58
PROPRANOLOL HCL 77 75 55 139
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 77 55 151
GALANTAMINE HBR 76 76 59 189
DIOVAN HCT 73 73 60 71
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 72 65 61 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 58 61 66
NABUMETONE 71 62 63 37
HYDRALAZINE HCL 70 70 64 114
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 53 65 36
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 60 65 117
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 69 58 65 99
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 66 68 221
CARTIA XT 68 68 68 146
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 67 70 327
PREDNISONE 66 60 71 65
SPIRIVA 65 65 72 133
SULINDAC 64 62 73 78
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 59 73 41
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 59 75 98
PAROXETINE HCL 61 61 76 77
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 44 77 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 51 78 38
RISPERIDONE 56 43 79 204
CAPTOPRIL 55 43 80 63
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 55 48 80 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 48 82 97
DIGOXIN 52 52 83 44
FENOFIBRATE 51 34 84 34
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 51 49 84 163
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.