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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,411Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 384

$755K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 384

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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,859 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 856 763 1 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 500 450 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 495 466 3 3
LISINOPRIL 483 448 4 14
GABAPENTIN 465 347 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 430 374 6 8
METFORMIN HCL ER 392 330 7 114
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 357 314 8 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 348 274 9 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 297 251 10 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 294 269 11 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 288 228 12 10
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 281 204 13 6
SYNTHROID 263 198 14 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 259 204 15 18
CARVEDILOL 258 223 16 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 242 217 17 20
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 242 210 17 13
FAMOTIDINE 221 193 19 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 213 183 20 19
SERTRALINE HCL 205 186 21 26
ASPIRIN EC 191 182 22 31
METFORMIN HCL 185 135 23 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 171 161 24 48
CLOPIDOGREL 164 143 25 30
FUROSEMIDE 161 121 26 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 158 137 27 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 140 28 16
PLAVIX 150 128 28 32
VERAPAMIL ER 146 128 30 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 138 117 31 28
RANITIDINE HCL 136 101 32 7
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 121 33 39
ATENOLOL 127 107 34 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 121 103 35 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 111 36 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 114 114 37 33
IRBESARTAN 114 102 37 55
LANTUS 108 75 39 42
HUMULIN 70-30 100 93 40 47
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 96 80 41 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 79 41 78
FINASTERIDE 94 89 43 62
TRAMADOL HCL 92 80 44 40
RAMIPRIL 89 84 45 51
EVISTA 89 84 45 52
PAROXETINE HCL 88 75 47 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 55 48 61
CILOSTAZOL 85 79 49 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 71 50 88
QUINAPRIL HCL 83 83 50 110
HUMULIN N 73 68 52 57
LANSOPRAZOLE 72 60 53 86
JANUVIA 72 68 53 108
SINGULAIR 72 54 53 63
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 63 53 15
CRESTOR 71 67 57 45
ASPIR-LOW 70 69 58 176
QVAR 70 53 58 188
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 68 66 R 60 64
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 68 50 60 132
NABUMETONE 68 41 60 34
GLYBURIDE 67 47 R 63 82
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 40 64 58
NIFEDIPINE ER 64 60 65 106
SPIRIVA 62 47 66 91
GLIPIZIDE 60 55 67 27
AVAPRO 60 50 67 87
AZITHROMYCIN 59 47 69 59
MECLIZINE HCL 58 48 70 73
TIZANIDINE HCL 58 44 70 221
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 45 72 46
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 48 73 130
HUMALOG 54 34 74 158
ALLOPURINOL 52 45 75 94
ATROVENT HFA 51 46 76 347
LEVOXYL 51 46 76 44
PRANDIN 50 49 78 467
LORATADINE 50 40 78 240
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 9, 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.