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Prescriber Checkup

MIGUEL DE LA CRUZ M.D.

CALLE SANTA CRUZ #73 EDIFICIO MEDICO SANTA CRUZ OFICINA 213

Bayamon | Puerto Rico | 00956

(787) 786-3000

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,216Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 319 out of 551

$131K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 379 out of 551

186 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,353 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$25 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 525 466 1 1
LISINOPRIL 304 256 2 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 292 247 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 207 155 4 2
GABAPENTIN 151 115 5 3
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 139 6 10
RANITIDINE HCL 143 128 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 142 101 8 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 141 125 9 9
SYNTHROID 138 110 10 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 113 11 23
ATENOLOL 129 116 12 12
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 126 80 13 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 122 103 14 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 103 91 15 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 101 94 16 16
ASPIRIN EC 96 93 17 26
FUROSEMIDE 93 79 18 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 68 19 15
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 81 61 R 20 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 65 21 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 71 69 22 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 52 23 29
HUMULIN 70-30 62 37 24 35
CARVEDILOL 60 36 25 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 26 19
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 48 27 25
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.