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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,397Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 551

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 551

893 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%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

2% of this provider’s 26,085 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$30 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 2,252 1,749 1 1
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 1,305 1,008 10 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,282 1,090 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 1,095 870 4 2
RANITIDINE HCL 1,070 812 5 8
FENOFIBRATE 866 575 6 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 752 645 7 24
OMEPRAZOLE 714 479 8 7
FAMOTIDINE 677 548 9 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 636 510 10 10
LISINOPRIL 605 511 11 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 583 507 12 15
GABAPENTIN 490 362 13 3
INSULIN SYRINGE 471 359 14 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 465 404 15 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 461 343 16 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 460 351 17 9
CARVEDILOL 454 383 18 22
ASPIRIN EC 438 393 19 26
ATENOLOL 381 287 20 12
CLONIDINE HCL 378 328 21 60
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 364 252 22 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 363 277 23 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 358 306 24 21
EVISTA 352 288 25 52
SYNTHROID 329 277 26 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 320 216 27 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 312 213 28 16
FUROSEMIDE 302 250 29 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 302 214 29 59
MELOXICAM 299 231 31 90
CALTRATE 600 + D 284 253 10 32 144
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 276 219 33 89
NABUMETONE 275 186 34 37
TRAMADOL HCL 266 174 35 32
GLIPIZIDE ER 265 210 36 85
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 264 247 37 25
ETODOLAC 263 187 38 95
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 259 169 39 49
LEVOXYL 248 175 40 40
HUMULIN N 243 226 41 47
ZETIA 230 180 42 69
GLIPIZIDE XL 216 191 43 81
ASPIR-LOW 215 198 44 141
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 202 157 45 125
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 197 130 46 23
PLAVIX 196 181 47 33
CILOSTAZOL 193 179 48 64
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 193 168 R 48 48
MECLIZINE HCL 190 134 50 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 188 157 51 42
SERTRALINE HCL 187 170 52 43
WARFARIN SODIUM 184 134 53 46
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 170 92 54 110
FOSINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 136 10 55 232
VERAPAMIL ER 164 147 56 39
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 162 132 R 57 91
CENTRUM CARDIO 160 138 10 58 241
CLOPIDOGREL 152 142 59 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 148 106 60 36
PROAIR HFA 141 108 61 92
GLYBURIDE 135 117 R 62 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 130 102 63 79
NAPROXEN 126 81 64 80
RAMIPRIL 126 118 64 53
HUMULIN 70-30 125 99 66 35
LEVOTHROID 119 90 67 140
ACTOS 119 88 67 135
DONEPEZIL HCL 115 107 69 50
GLIPIZIDE 110 94 70 20
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 109 58 71 45
CALCIUM 600 + VIT D 109 100 71 209
FLUOXETINE HCL 106 55 73 93
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 92 74 38
SALSALATE 105 95 74 259
LANTUS 94 53 76 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 63 77 97
LATANOPROST 90 60 78 121
DIGOXIN 85 62 79 44
CRESTOR 85 73 79 62
VASOFLEX FORTE 84 69 10 81 302
PREDNISONE 83 55 82 65
IRBESARTAN 81 69 83 51
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 77 57 84 124
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 74 68 85 313
IBUPROFEN 74 51 85 180
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 60 87 131
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 57 R 88 96
LORATADINE 71 58 89 164
TICLOPIDINE HCL 70 58 R 10 90 207
NAMENDA 68 68 91 94
LOVASTATIN 67 62 92 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 43 92 66
ALLOPURINOL 63 37 94 84
SURE COMFORT 61 48 95 74
LUMIGAN 60 60 96 345
PROVENTIL HFA 58 44 97 176
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 58 32 97 127
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 44 97 54
FELODIPINE ER 56 46 100 215
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 41 R 100 213
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 40 102 151
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 53 38 103 29
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 19 103 107
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 27 103 72
FEXOFENADINE HCL 52 29 106 143
CENTRUM PERFORMANCE 52 47 10 106 367
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 46 106 114
AZITHROMYCIN 52 33 106 55
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 51 27 110 163
AMIODARONE HCL 51 41 110 189
INDAPAMIDE 50 50 112 116
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 Jan. 29, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.