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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,636Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 551

$545K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 76 out of 551

646 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
1% 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

2% of this provider’s 646 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,308 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

27 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
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 743 643 1 6
ATENOLOL 646 587 2 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 633 574 3 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 624 540 4 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 612 541 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 516 437 6 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 502 456 7 19
GABAPENTIN 495 401 8 3
SIMVASTATIN 478 412 9 1
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 465 376 10 5
METFORMIN HCL 464 384 11 2
GLIMEPIRIDE 448 378 12 16
RANITIDINE HCL 419 382 13 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 344 320 14 9
SYNTHROID 322 267 15 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 279 270 16 38
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 270 255 17 25
LEVOXYL 228 167 18 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 226 214 19 17
ASPIRIN EC 212 194 20 26
LISINOPRIL 211 187 21 14
PAROXETINE HCL 197 182 22 77
CARVEDILOL 192 185 23 22
TRAMADOL HCL 188 128 24 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 177 177 25 21
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 152 121 26 107
EVISTA 148 128 27 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 147 28 46
SERTRALINE HCL 143 134 29 43
VERAPAMIL ER 142 138 30 39
HUMULIN R 142 111 30 161
HUMULIN N 138 107 32 47
FINASTERIDE 130 121 33 82
LANSOPRAZOLE 127 106 34 72
FUROSEMIDE 124 121 35 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 120 112 36 29
BUMETANIDE 113 94 37 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 113 92 37 54
CYMBALTA 113 101 37 105
NABUMETONE 107 66 40 37
LANTUS 103 69 41 28
RAMIPRIL 100 100 42 53
GLYBURIDE 100 98 R 42 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 97 87 44 36
AZITHROMYCIN 97 84 44 55
VITAMIN D 94 81 46 175
LEVOTHROID 94 91 46 140
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 93 48 15
CLOPIDOGREL 91 80 49 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 90 78 50 42
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 89 76 51 253
DIGOXIN 89 87 51 44
PREDNISONE 82 63 53 65
DIOVAN HCT 77 65 54 71
PLAVIX 77 70 54 33
SINGULAIR 74 65 56 58
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 67 57 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 67 57 23
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 66 59 112
GEMFIBROZIL 65 50 60 61
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 64 50 61 27
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 44 62 18
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 49 63 139
VITAMIN B-12 61 54 63 149
FAMOTIDINE 61 44 63 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 56 66 250
GLIPIZIDE 59 39 66 20
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 53 68 49
CRESTOR 54 39 68 62
HUMULIN 70-30 53 47 70 35
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. 11, 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.