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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,106Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 551

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 551

1,097 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%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

1% of this provider’s 1,097 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 25,630 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 2,062 1,721 1 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,491 1,274 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,346 1,134 3 4
ATENOLOL 1,315 1,056 4 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,075 826 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 1,072 852 6 7
GABAPENTIN 1,016 697 7 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 807 684 8 9
LISINOPRIL 701 545 9 14
RANITIDINE HCL 672 531 10 8
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 554 397 R 11 48
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 544 395 10 12 45
GLIPIZIDE 466 386 13 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 448 345 14 27
LANTUS 433 336 15 28
SYNTHROID 421 315 16 11
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 420 393 17 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 417 329 18 16
METFORMIN HCL 415 323 19 2
CIMETIDINE 353 283 10 20 193
FUROSEMIDE 341 284 21 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 335 277 22 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 334 303 23 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 323 242 24 5
AZITHROMYCIN 318 257 25 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 290 238 26 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 275 199 27 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 259 235 28 21
METFORMIN HCL ER 258 227 29 67
TRAMADOL HCL 254 182 30 32
CARVEDILOL 252 216 31 22
PAROXETINE HCL 245 192 32 77
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 239 170 33 49
EVISTA 235 193 34 52
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 235 177 34 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 221 36 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 220 175 37 36
LYRICA 211 127 38 86
FINASTERIDE 204 194 39 82
SERTRALINE HCL 201 159 40 43
ASPIRIN EC 199 159 41 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 196 140 42 24
CEFPROZIL 186 127 10 43 220
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 184 112 44 18
CLOPIDOGREL 178 165 45 30
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 175 135 46 54
SURE COMFORT 170 115 47 74
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 165 151 48 98
HUMULIN 70-30 164 141 49 35
NAMENDA 161 158 50 94
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 159 128 51 124
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 158 116 52 66
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 158 113 52 113
SUCRALFATE 157 133 54 120
PLAVIX 156 148 55 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 110 56 15
MECLIZINE HCL 138 127 57 56
CARTIA XT 134 100 58 146
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 132 114 59 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 132 109 59 93
GEMFIBROZIL 130 85 61 61
PREDNISOLONE 123 93 62 118
DILTIAZEM HCL 123 111 62 106
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 119 86 64 127
CAPTOPRIL 119 71 64 63
CILOSTAZOL 116 102 66 64
SINGULAIR 115 92 67 58
WARFARIN SODIUM 112 105 68 46
GLIPIZIDE XL 112 99 68 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 91 70 19
DIGOXIN 97 89 71 44
VERAPAMIL ER 96 79 72 39
CYMBALTA 96 46 72 105
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 94 69 74 166
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 79 75 97
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 81 76 59
RAMIPRIL 87 74 77 53
BENAZEPRIL HCL 86 72 78 183
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 73 79 114
ALLOPURINOL 77 57 80 84
MEGESTROL ACETATE 76 72 R 81 115
OLANZAPINE 75 48 82 274
GLYBURIDE 73 71 R 83 70
HUMULIN N 73 51 83 47
LORATADINE 69 49 85 164
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 55 85 117
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 68 64 87 155
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 68 49 87 216
LEVOXYL 63 43 89 40
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 62 48 90 99
ZETIA 59 38 91 69
DIOVAN HCT 58 52 92 71
CLONIDINE HCL 58 58 92 60
LATANOPROST 56 50 94 121
LOVASTATIN 54 26 95 68
ANTIPYRINE-BENZOCAINE 51 44 10 96 370
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 50 97 188
JANUMET 50 40 97 109
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 Feb. 22, 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.