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LUIS VELEZ-QUINONES M.D.

ROAD 129, KM. 0.1, CAYETANO COLL Y TOSTE HOSPITAL SUITE 109 - LOBBY

Arecibo | Puerto Rico | 00614

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,168Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 80

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 80

845 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 582 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

15% of this provider’s 845 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 28%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

51% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 44%.

Prescription Price

$117 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $175 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$490K

2012

$656K

2013

$880K

2014

$1.08M

2015

Number of Claims

4,560

2012

6,630

2013

7,651

2014

9,168

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,889

prescriptions, 21% of all prescriptions

1,227

prescriptions.

549

patients, 65% of all patients

10 1 2
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,148

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

721

prescriptions.

250

patients, 30% of all patients

2 1
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,059

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

754

prescriptions.

321

patients, 38% of all patients

10 3 6
PROVENTIL HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

836

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

539

prescriptions.

317

patients, 38% of all patients

10 4 10
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

801

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

626

prescriptions.

161

patients, 19% of all patients

5 3
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

462

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

441

prescriptions.

95

patients, 11% of all patients

6 4
PREDNISOLONE 434

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

234

patients, 28% of all patients

10 7 20
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

432

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

171

patients, 20% of all patients

8 5
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

357

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

138

patients, 16% of all patients

9 14
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

290

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

89

patients, 11% of all patients

10 10 19
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

131

patients, 16% of all patients

11 7
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

96

patients, 11% of all patients

A 12 8
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

13 12
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

14 16
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS

Theophylline is used to pre... +

Theophylline is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

15 17
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

16 9
FLOVENT DISKUS 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

17 32
PREDNISOLONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

18 80
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Feb. 27, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.