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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,520Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 261 out of 1479

$273K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 210 out of 1479

300 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
2% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,112 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 420 360 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 307 259 2 2
LISINOPRIL 250 211 3 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 229 193 4 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 157 142 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 153 129 6 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 99 7 66
GABAPENTIN 136 99 8 5
OMEPRAZOLE 128 96 9 7
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 121 85 10 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 88 11 14
RANITIDINE HCL 112 100 12 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 88 13 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97 88 14 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 88 14 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 95 85 16 21
FUROSEMIDE 93 93 17 15
SERTRALINE HCL 90 87 18 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 75 18 19
ATENOLOL 87 77 20 11
GEMFIBROZIL 84 62 21 49
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 78 21 10
FENOFIBRATE 83 56 23 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 81 77 24 17
VERAPAMIL ER 78 67 25 34
SYNTHROID 72 48 26 12
LOVASTATIN 71 62 27 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 44 28 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 60 29 31
ETODOLAC 66 37 30 75
FAMOTIDINE 61 51 31 47
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 52 32 110
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 48 33 36
DIGOXIN 57 57 33 61
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 41 35 92
AZITHROMYCIN 56 46 35 25
TRAMADOL HCL 53 37 37 20
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 49 38 121
PENTOXIFYLLINE 50 50 38 40
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. 14, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.