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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,827Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 551

$923K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 551

674 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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

4% of this provider’s 674 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 674 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,902 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

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,396 906 1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 938 639 2 8
METFORMIN HCL 911 581 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 827 635 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 825 515 5 7
LISINOPRIL 733 441 6 14
GABAPENTIN 693 451 7 3
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 532 372 8 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 492 332 9 6
ATENOLOL 462 336 10 12
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 418 273 11 18
SYNTHROID 413 280 12 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 411 311 13 42
FUROSEMIDE 345 217 14 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 325 213 15 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 316 195 16 9
INSULIN SYRINGE 316 150 16 41
TRAMADOL HCL 299 159 18 32
FENOFIBRATE 285 166 19 34
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 257 187 20 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 199 21 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 253 194 21 27
HUMULIN 70-30 246 137 23 35
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 243 173 24 25
HUMULIN N 238 171 25 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 227 159 26 23
CARVEDILOL 222 160 27 22
CLONIDINE HCL 218 180 28 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 216 162 29 36
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 212 129 30 45
GLIPIZIDE 208 169 31 20
LANTUS 201 104 32 28
SURE COMFORT 199 163 33 74
VERAPAMIL ER 177 114 34 39
GLIPIZIDE XL 175 140 35 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 171 144 36 19
GLIPIZIDE ER 167 114 37 85
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 158 98 38 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 157 111 39 16
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 154 134 40 107
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 54 41 59
ASPIRIN EC 143 111 42 26
CLOPIDOGREL 141 108 43 30
PLAVIX 141 114 43 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 140 88 45 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 123 46 38
JANUVIA 122 93 47 87
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 120 91 R 48 48
LANSOPRAZOLE 117 57 49 72
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 114 76 R 50 91
NABUMETONE 111 67 51 37
NAPROXEN 109 70 52 80
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 109 78 52 49
NIFEDIPINE ER 103 82 54 75
DIOVAN HCT 101 73 55 71
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 93 56 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97 82 57 29
LOVASTATIN 96 82 58 68
JANUMET 96 61 58 109
LYRICA 92 43 60 86
EVISTA 91 64 61 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 73 62 79
CAPTOPRIL 89 63 63 63
FINASTERIDE 88 69 64 82
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 85 12 R 65 147
ETODOLAC 85 56 65 95
PROPRANOLOL HCL 81 70 67 139
BUMETANIDE 76 50 68 108
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 14 S2 68 102
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 63 70 112
DIGOXIN 75 58 70 44
IRBESARTAN 71 37 72 51
CARTIA XT 69 51 73 146
SULINDAC 69 64 73 78
PROVENTIL HFA 68 41 75 176
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 67 41 R 76 96
PREDNISONE 67 44 76 65
ALLOPURINOL 67 51 76 84
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 53 79 216
MECLIZINE HCL 64 46 80 56
ACTOS 64 43 80 135
ZETIA 64 45 80 69
AVAPRO 63 46 83 83
LATANOPROST 62 53 84 121
NIFEDICAL XL 61 46 85 187
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 86 186
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 60 45 86 124
RAMIPRIL 57 44 88 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 55 88 98
CILOSTAZOL 57 56 88 64
CRESTOR 57 38 88 62
SINGULAIR 54 13 92 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 39 92 66
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 42 94 155
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 31 95 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 39 96 97
SERTRALINE HCL 50 32 96 43
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. 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.