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Prescriber Checkup

WALLACE BELMONT RODRIGUEZ M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,295Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 65 out of 551

$540K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 79 out of 551

568 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%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 14,046 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$31 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,382 1,110 1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 833 671 2 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 711 598 3 6
METFORMIN HCL 574 359 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 570 476 5 4
GLIPIZIDE 532 433 6 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 514 427 7 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 467 414 8 9
GABAPENTIN 460 358 9 3
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 367 259 10 10
INSULIN SYRINGE 354 275 11 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 325 286 12 15
SYNTHROID 314 239 13 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 304 252 14 17
FUROSEMIDE 292 281 15 13
LISINOPRIL 289 211 16 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 277 245 17 19
ATENOLOL 264 212 18 12
OMEPRAZOLE 260 183 19 7
HUMULIN 70-30 246 166 20 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 244 218 21 21
HUMULIN N 234 187 22 47
CARVEDILOL 183 173 23 22
LANTUS 180 155 24 28
SERTRALINE HCL 163 148 25 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 148 137 26 16
PENTOXIFYLLINE 147 110 27 73
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 139 96 28 66
ASPIRIN EC 136 101 29 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 133 133 30 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 99 30 23
VERAPAMIL ER 130 122 32 39
CAPTOPRIL 127 118 33 63
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 125 89 34 25
EVISTA 98 77 35 52
DIGOXIN 97 94 36 44
DIOVAN 96 86 37 57
CLOPIDOGREL 94 86 38 30
LORATADINE 93 67 39 164
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 86 40 27
CLONIDINE HCL 91 90 40 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 89 68 42 46
NAMENDA 89 79 42 94
PLAVIX 86 84 44 33
ZETIA 81 65 45 69
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 80 64 46 49
SURE COMFORT 80 72 46 74
NIFEDIPINE ER 77 73 48 75
PREDNISONE 77 67 48 65
CARTIA XT 76 43 50 146
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 69 51 38
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 72 72 51 196
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 69 51 188
GALANTAMINE HBR 68 58 54 189
SULINDAC 68 56 54 78
LEVETIRACETAM 67 45 56 182
DILANTIN 66 24 57 199
TRAMADOL HCL 65 32 58 32
FENOFIBRATE 59 32 59 34
CHLORTHALIDONE 57 44 60 165
MECLIZINE HCL 55 49 61 56
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 55 48 61 100
FINASTERIDE 52 49 63 82
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 44 63 131
SINGULAIR 52 35 63 58
FAMOTIDINE 51 47 66 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 50 21 67 206
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 Dec. 18, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.