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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,219Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 551

$986K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 551

737 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%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

4% of this provider’s 737 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

1% of this provider’s 22,215 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 2,077 1,661 1 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,798 1,542 10 2 10
OMEPRAZOLE 1,421 1,117 3 7
RANITIDINE HCL 1,317 1,054 4 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,257 1,019 5 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,054 801 6 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,014 870 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 888 646 8 2
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 856 740 10 9 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 806 613 10 6
FUROSEMIDE 771 639 11 13
GABAPENTIN 771 595 11 3
GLIPIZIDE 645 483 13 20
INSULIN SYRINGE 594 455 10 14 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 477 380 15 27
CARVEDILOL 461 407 16 22
ASPIRIN EC 433 350 17 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 384 337 18 21
NOVOLIN 70-30 347 309 10 19 172
CLOPIDOGREL 340 276 20 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 318 240 21 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 287 250 22 38
CLONIDINE HCL 280 223 23 60
PLAVIX 253 217 24 33
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 248 168 25 18
HUMULIN 70-30 243 171 26 35
LISINOPRIL 242 209 27 14
TRAMADOL HCL 233 169 28 32
NABUMETONE 217 154 29 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 152 30 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 191 156 31 19
LANTUS 182 135 32 28
ATENOLOL 172 133 33 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 161 156 34 122
DONEPEZIL HCL 160 160 35 50
SERTRALINE HCL 158 120 36 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 150 105 37 79
QVAR 148 132 38 136
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 145 89 39 5
SPIRIVA 141 116 40 133
PROAIR HFA 139 107 41 92
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 127 92 42 177
SINGULAIR 124 92 43 58
DILTIAZEM HCL 122 85 44 106
SYNTHROID 108 90 45 11
NAMENDA 107 107 46 94
DIOVAN HCT 106 79 47 71
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 104 84 48 129
CAPTOPRIL 99 57 49 63
AVELOX 99 75 49 148
HUMULIN N 98 75 51 47
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 36 S2 52 102
FINASTERIDE 97 82 52 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 80 54 97
EXELON 94 94 55 201
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 60 56 23
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 91 82 56 100
EVISTA 86 71 58 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 42 59 59
NAPROXEN 83 49 59 80
VERAPAMIL ER 83 57 59 39
METFORMIN HCL ER 82 53 62 67
AZITHROMYCIN 80 62 63 55
CLOTRIMAZOLE 77 66 64 160
LATANOPROST 76 69 65 121
SURE COMFORT 76 59 65 74
IRBESARTAN 72 59 67 51
LYRICA 66 39 68 86
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 53 69 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 41 69 155
WARFARIN SODIUM 64 57 71 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 45 72 171
MECLIZINE HCL 60 50 73 56
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 45 74 156
CELEBREX 55 53 75 218
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 54 75 16
TEKTURNA 55 43 75 360
CYMBALTA 54 0 78 105
LEVEMIR 53 31 79 210
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 37 79 119
SUCRALFATE 52 52 81 120
RAMIPRIL 52 21 81 53
NOVOLIN N 52 48 81 280
PREDNISONE 51 45 84 65
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 April 29, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.