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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,678Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 1479

$658K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 1479

464 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%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

6% of this provider’s 464 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 12,494 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 1,200 850 1 1
GABAPENTIN 1,069 672 2 5
RANITIDINE HCL 622 440 3 4
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 596 400 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 521 358 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 475 385 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 438 271 7 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 395 269 8 8
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 381 352 9 33
GLIPIZIDE 292 227 10 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 289 248 11 9
FUROSEMIDE 286 227 12 15
LEVOXYL 282 202 13 44
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 267 192 14 18
DIPYRIDAMOLE 251 176 R 15 56
ATENOLOL 244 184 16 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 111 17 10
NABUMETONE 243 150 17 22
DIOVAN HCT 232 166 19 86
FAMOTIDINE 215 128 20 47
PENTOXIFYLLINE 199 141 21 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 178 142 22 19
LISINOPRIL 175 105 23 16
SERTRALINE HCL 169 106 24 38
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 165 123 25 29
FENOFIBRATE 162 98 26 37
CLOPIDOGREL 152 136 27 46
NAMENDA 147 136 28 69
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 130 29 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 140 106 30 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 120 30 36
CARVEDILOL 139 134 32 32
SINGULAIR 137 85 33 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 125 79 34 23
PREDNISONE 124 67 35 67
AZITHROMYCIN 123 74 36 25
MECLIZINE HCL 123 99 36 50
EXELON 122 109 38 237
LATANOPROST 115 91 39 116
DIOVAN 114 87 40 85
LANTUS 113 57 41 35
PLAVIX 106 100 42 52
GLIMEPIRIDE 105 86 43 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 102 73 44 17
VERAPAMIL ER 101 57 45 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 81 45 14
PROAIR HFA 100 49 47 80
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 99 87 48 54
DEXAMETHASONE 97 55 49 60
CRESTOR 90 79 50 73
GLIPIZIDE XL 88 61 51 101
HUMULIN 70-30 86 66 52 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 86 52 31
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 83 52 54 39
GLIPIZIDE ER 76 50 55 110
IRBESARTAN 75 54 56 78
HUMULIN N 73 65 57 42
SURE COMFORT 72 55 58 58
PAROXETINE HCL 71 55 59 77
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 70 58 R 60 53
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 70 42 60 217
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 69 57 62 41
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 68 55 63 91
CYMBALTA 68 51 63 159
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 57 65 94
NAPROXEN 65 47 66 57
SYNTHROID 63 48 67 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 52 67 51
EVISTA 62 61 69 79
RAMIPRIL 57 37 70 63
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 50 70 83
JANUMET 57 48 70 120
SPIRIVA 56 20 73 164
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 16 74 104
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 33 75 30
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 50 35 76 195
MUPIROCIN 50 39 76 147
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 50 50 76 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 36 76 257
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. 18, 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.