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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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47,079Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 551

$1.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 551

1,216 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%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

3% of this provider’s 1,216 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 1,216 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 30,537 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 2,184 1,590 1 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,784 1,078 10 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 1,680 1,060 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,587 1,161 4 4
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 1,413 922 10 5 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,303 824 6 24
SYNTHROID 1,166 755 7 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,143 639 8 10
GABAPENTIN 1,095 648 9 3
FUROSEMIDE 1,089 775 10 13
OMEPRAZOLE 1,056 632 11 7
LISINOPRIL 1,013 709 12 14
RANITIDINE HCL 907 524 13 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 858 527 14 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 829 658 15 19
FENOFIBRATE 786 393 16 34
ATENOLOL 753 475 17 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 739 505 18 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 718 576 19 114
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 701 493 20 23
FAMOTIDINE 591 405 21 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 582 347 22 27
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 571 387 23 9
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 550 419 24 25
TRAMADOL HCL 549 289 25 32
CARVEDILOL 542 437 26 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 520 359 27 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 469 370 28 17
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 445 262 29 18
CLOPIDOGREL 432 353 30 30
NIFEDIPINE ER 397 252 31 75
ASPIRIN EC 395 264 32 26
LANTUS 390 189 33 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 384 303 34 21
PLAVIX 376 320 35 33
HUMULIN 70-30 358 195 10 36 35
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 358 284 R 36 48
GLIPIZIDE 345 228 38 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 330 182 39 59
SURE COMFORT 320 180 40 74
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 317 173 41 49
CRESTOR 311 194 42 62
HUMULIN N 282 188 43 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 282 210 43 54
MELOXICAM 273 159 45 90
METHYLDOPA 272 191 R 10 46 226
TIZANIDINE HCL 266 138 47 138
ADVAIR DISKUS 266 147 47 97
TAMSULOSIN HCL 261 191 49 38
DIPYRIDAMOLE 251 192 R 50 76
VERAPAMIL ER 244 151 51 39
DIOVAN 241 196 52 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 212 106 53 66
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 209 137 54 124
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 208 106 55 42
ZETIA 199 109 56 69
NABUMETONE 196 132 57 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 186 95 58 36
PROAIR HFA 173 66 59 92
RAMIPRIL 169 128 60 53
LEVOXYL 162 78 61 40
ALLOPURINOL 160 77 62 84
BENAZEPRIL HCL 152 127 63 183
LYRICA 151 63 64 86
DONEPEZIL HCL 149 144 65 50
PREDNISONE 141 80 66 65
IRBESARTAN 141 115 66 51
SERTRALINE HCL 137 98 68 43
DIOVAN HCT 136 99 69 71
DILTIAZEM HCL 135 110 70 106
FELODIPINE ER 133 109 71 215
METFORMIN HCL ER 132 96 72 67
MECLIZINE HCL 130 110 73 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 128 82 74 79
COUMADIN 127 92 75 88
FINASTERIDE 127 100 75 82
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 127 78 75 113
GLYBURIDE 123 93 R 78 70
EVISTA 120 49 79 52
INDOMETHACIN 118 52 R 80 200
SPIRIVA 117 76 81 133
DIGOXIN 117 91 81 44
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 113 36 83 45
SINGULAIR 112 69 84 58
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 107 90 85 155
CILOSTAZOL 105 92 86 64
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 103 67 87 119
TERAZOSIN HCL 101 81 88 128
IBUPROFEN 97 54 89 180
DEXAMETHASONE 96 66 90 111
JANUVIA 94 61 91 87
INSULIN SYRINGE 93 39 92 41
MAXIMUM D3 91 61 93 103
AVAPRO 87 70 94 83
JANUMET 85 62 95 109
GLIPIZIDE XL 83 67 96 81
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 0 S2 97 102
NITROSTAT 80 75 98 152
NAPROXEN 80 42 98 80
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 80 59 98 129
ACTICAL 79 59 10 101 271
WARFARIN SODIUM 79 51 101 46
SULINDAC 79 45 101 78
LATANOPROST 77 66 104 121
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 77 28 104 99
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 76 51 106 125
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 14 S3 106 167
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 76 19 106 98
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 75 55 109 150
AVELOX 71 51 110 148
QVAR 71 43 110 136
ACTOS 69 42 112 135
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 33 R 113 96
LOVASTATIN 67 41 114 68
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 66 35 115 107
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 66 43 115 177
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 64 45 R 117 91
LANSOPRAZOLE 61 42 118 72
CYMBALTA 59 43 119 105
PAROXETINE HCL 59 28 119 77
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 55 13 R 121 147
VITAMIN B-12 54 43 122 149
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 54 46 122 89
NIFEDICAL XL 53 39 124 187
DILANTIN 52 28 125 199
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 51 25 126 236
PROVENTIL HFA 50 27 127 176
LOVAZA 50 20 127 248
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.