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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,148Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 551

$707K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 551

587 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,583 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 1,644 1,464 1 1
GABAPENTIN 1,070 901 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 832 757 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 727 671 4 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 724 609 5 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 582 513 6 9
OMEPRAZOLE 571 452 7 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 569 512 8 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 461 426 9 19
TRAMADOL HCL 458 382 10 32
RANITIDINE HCL 415 371 11 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 415 379 11 10
LISINOPRIL 401 349 13 14
SERTRALINE HCL 287 250 14 43
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 286 228 15 18
LANTUS 271 235 16 28
FAMOTIDINE 238 189 17 31
ATENOLOL 225 206 18 12
NABUMETONE 223 170 19 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 221 201 20 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 214 178 21 66
CILOSTAZOL 210 185 22 64
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 178 23 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 198 198 24 50
SYNTHROID 185 134 25 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 179 152 26 24
CARVEDILOL 167 127 27 22
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 162 138 28 49
CLONIDINE HCL 161 142 29 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 159 145 30 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 159 145 30 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 145 143 32 21
RAMIPRIL 142 122 33 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 140 139 34 42
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 140 130 34 25
EVISTA 134 124 36 52
ASPIRIN EC 133 119 37 26
MECLIZINE HCL 129 128 38 56
PAROXETINE HCL 129 123 38 77
PLAVIX 125 111 40 33
HUMULIN 70-30 124 97 41 35
FUROSEMIDE 123 113 42 13
DIGOXIN 121 118 43 44
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 120 91 R 44 48
CLOPIDOGREL 119 104 45 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 113 109 46 46
HYDRALAZINE HCL 104 84 47 114
INSULIN SYRINGE 104 73 47 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 102 49 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 93 50 16
GLIPIZIDE 99 83 51 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 86 52 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 95 53 59
FEXOFENADINE HCL 90 72 54 143
NAMENDA 89 89 55 94
SINGULAIR 89 65 55 58
BACLOFEN 85 68 57 123
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 83 47 58 110
AZITHROMYCIN 82 67 59 55
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 69 55 60 45
COUMADIN 68 55 61 88
LYRICA 67 54 62 86
ZETIA 62 43 63 69
VERAPAMIL ER 60 45 64 39
IRBESARTAN 60 54 64 51
HUMALOG 58 45 66 101
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 58 54 66 29
LORATADINE 57 45 68 164
CYMBALTA 56 27 69 105
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 40 70 97
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 34 71 183
PROAIR HFA 50 30 72 92
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. 20, 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.