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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,819Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 496 out of 1479

$150K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 507 out of 1479

234 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
0% 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

4% of this provider’s 3,313 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$31 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 302 215 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 298 210 2 1
GABAPENTIN 232 163 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 200 160 4 2
RANITIDINE HCL 134 85 5 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 128 101 6 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 127 107 7 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 94 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 102 41 9 7
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 100 59 10 29
PENTOXIFYLLINE 99 80 11 40
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 69 12 18
FUROSEMIDE 83 61 13 15
ATENOLOL 77 44 14 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 56 15 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 61 16 14
CLOPIDOGREL 64 50 17 46
CARVEDILOL 64 46 17 32
DEXAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE 63 35 19 140
SYNTHROID 57 44 20 12
PREDNISONE 56 25 21 67
CRESTOR 51 40 22 73
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 May 13, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.