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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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46,766Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 551

$1.54M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 551

1,307 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%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

2% of this provider’s 1,307 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 1,307 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 34,067 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 2,120 1,659 1 1
GABAPENTIN 2,000 1,319 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 1,567 1,123 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,437 1,092 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 1,435 982 5 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,320 1,018 6 6
RANITIDINE HCL 1,285 868 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,132 881 8 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 1,094 800 9 16
GLIPIZIDE 924 745 10 10 20
TRAMADOL HCL 915 603 11 32
LOVASTATIN 897 678 12 68
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 849 627 13 5
ATENOLOL 831 631 14 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 821 584 15 10
LISINOPRIL 780 560 16 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 760 598 17 9
FAMOTIDINE 707 502 18 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 630 546 19 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 626 454 20 15
FENOFIBRATE 594 355 21 34
CLONIDINE HCL 591 467 22 60
FUROSEMIDE 571 476 23 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 568 489 24 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 557 416 25 19
DIGOXIN 450 374 26 44
LANTUS 446 359 27 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 426 310 28 36
DIPYRIDAMOLE 412 329 R 10 29 76
CAPTOPRIL 366 300 30 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 351 255 31 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 349 212 32 42
DIOVAN 347 274 33 57
ALLOPURINOL 346 257 34 84
CILOSTAZOL 327 279 35 64
METFORMIN HCL ER 327 191 35 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 327 270 35 38
CLOPIDOGREL 325 265 38 30
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 324 201 39 18
CARVEDILOL 320 267 40 22
LEVOXYL 297 238 41 40
PLAVIX 295 229 42 33
SYNTHROID 285 155 43 11
LEVOTHROID 284 230 44 140
MECLIZINE HCL 279 212 45 56
NABUMETONE 271 119 46 37
PROAIR HFA 257 118 47 92
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 241 188 48 119
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 241 204 48 27
EVISTA 239 165 50 52
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 235 189 51 100
JANUVIA 231 179 52 87
PAROXETINE HCL 231 179 52 77
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 224 163 54 23
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 223 180 55 170
DEXAMETHASONE 221 155 56 111
HUMULIN N 208 152 57 47
AZITHROMYCIN 205 134 58 55
SURE COMFORT 202 151 59 74
LANSOPRAZOLE 200 130 60 72
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 193 128 61 24
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 190 113 62 125
SPIRONOLACTONE 186 146 63 79
DIOVAN HCT 184 158 64 71
DONEPEZIL HCL 181 180 65 50
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 170 107 66 49
VERAPAMIL ER 166 101 67 39
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 165 142 68 110
ASPIRIN EC 164 144 69 26
SULINDAC 157 98 70 78
MEGESTROL ACETATE 156 132 R 71 115
HUMULIN 70-30 151 107 72 35
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 149 94 73 150
SERTRALINE HCL 148 119 74 43
GEMFIBROZIL 142 84 75 61
ZETIA 141 85 76 69
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 90 77 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 132 121 78 46
BUMETANIDE 132 125 78 108
PREDNISONE 131 96 80 65
IRBESARTAN 123 75 81 51
LATANOPROST 120 104 82 121
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 113 61 83 66
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 108 63 84 129
NAMENDA 108 99 84 94
PENTOXIFYLLINE 107 88 86 73
NIFEDIPINE ER 103 83 87 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 66 88 98
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 101 34 R 89 147
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 99 89 90 151
CRESTOR 98 56 91 62
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 98 63 91 45
METOLAZONE 93 93 93 142
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 92 72 94 163
ETODOLAC 92 52 94 95
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 92 73 R 94 48
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 88 57 97 107
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 68 98 41
TIMOLOL MALEATE 83 79 99 214
COUMADIN 82 38 100 88
AVAPRO 81 61 101 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 42 102 93
NOVOLIN N 78 57 103 280
HYDRALAZINE HCL 78 77 103 114
LACTULOSE 76 67 105 162
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 38 106 249
NITROSTAT 73 46 107 152
LYRICA 73 38 107 86
AVELOX 71 43 109 148
METHOTREXATE 70 35 110 208
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 27 R 110 96
HYDROXYZINE HCL 68 64 R 112 213
CEFADROXIL 65 49 113 153
RAMIPRIL 64 64 114 53
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 64 26 114 177
SINGULAIR 63 35 116 58
SPIRIVA 62 45 117 133
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 60 49 118 155
LOPERAMIDE 60 46 118 211
CYMBALTA 59 23 120 105
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 42 121 97
ACTOS 56 35 122 135
ALCOHOL SWABS 56 34 122 256
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 23 124 206
AMIODARONE HCL 54 54 125 189
VYTORIN 54 35 125 132
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 29 127 139
DILTIAZEM HCL 53 37 127 106
PREMARIN 53 33 R 127 234
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 21 127 59
CARTIA XT 53 44 127 146
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 29 132 122
DILTIAZEM ER 51 41 133 178
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 34 133 112
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 Nov. 29, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.