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RICARDO SANCHEZ M.D.

HOSPITAL C. COLL Y TOSTE AVE.SAN LUIS, CARR 129 KM .9 SUIT #116

Arecibo | Puerto Rico | 00612

(787) 879-0263

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,949Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 190

$756K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 190

1,070 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
26%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 2,397 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
FLUOXETINE HCL 2,056 338 10 1 1
SERTRALINE HCL 807 229 2 3
PAROXETINE HCL 582 192 3 4
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 544 46 R 4 11
RISPERIDONE 475 122 5 5
CYMBALTA 438 79 6 10
TRAZODONE HCL 423 56 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 420 130 8 6
BUSPIRONE HCL 407 52 9 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 399 88 10 2
DOXEPIN HCL 327 66 11 12
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 297 36 12 13
ABILIFY 280 38 13 18
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 268 21 R 14 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 257 85 15 9
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 254 32 R 16 20
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 239 67 R 17 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 203 31 18 14
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 188 0 19 26
HALOPERIDOL 187 42 20 21
BUPROPION HCL SR 183 14 21 17
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 176 22 22 30
OLANZAPINE 167 34 23 19
BUPROPION XL 153 27 24 8
THIOTHIXENE 138 0 25 41
LITHIUM CARBONATE 136 24 26 27
SEROQUEL 117 45 27 22
SEROQUEL XR 111 0 28 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97 56 29 33
LAMOTRIGINE 87 0 30 24
CLONAZEPAM 80 0 31 28
THIORIDAZINE HCL 80 0 R 31 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 69 15 33 47
ZALEPLON 59 23 34 56
FLUPHENAZINE DECANOATE 50 21 35 65
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.