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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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46,429Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 551

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 551

960 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%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

3% of this provider’s 960 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 960 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 37,514 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

$25 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

48 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
METFORMIN HCL 2,185 1,730 10 1 2
RANITIDINE HCL 2,144 1,722 10 2 8
OMEPRAZOLE 1,960 1,572 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,766 1,552 4 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,688 1,537 10 5 19
CARVEDILOL 1,599 1,303 6 22
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 1,577 1,268 10 7 5
GABAPENTIN 1,464 1,127 8 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,448 1,226 10 9 15
FENOFIBRATE 1,433 1,066 10 10 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,405 1,115 11 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,391 1,097 12 24
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,293 1,032 10 13 18
SIMVASTATIN 1,264 1,019 14 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,136 911 15 29
ASPIRIN EC 1,116 996 10 16 26
FUROSEMIDE 1,000 857 17 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 772 650 18 10
LISINOPRIL 674 522 19 14
SURE COMFORT 619 462 10 20 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 541 495 21 21
LEVOXYL 520 481 22 40
HUMULIN 70-30 495 362 10 23 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 483 438 24 38
MELOXICAM 466 376 25 90
GLIMEPIRIDE 446 359 26 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 433 343 27 36
ATENOLOL 423 355 28 12
VERAPAMIL ER 409 320 29 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 402 309 30 27
FINASTERIDE 376 341 31 82
SYNTHROID 375 301 32 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 369 341 33 17
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 325 320 34 25
LOVASTATIN 317 257 35 68
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 301 221 36 23
MECLIZINE HCL 300 277 37 56
FAMOTIDINE 254 238 38 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 242 183 39 79
PLAVIX 234 205 40 33
GLIPIZIDE 234 208 40 20
SINGULAIR 221 186 42 58
BACLOFEN 217 118 43 123
LANTUS 207 145 44 28
DIGOXIN 204 156 45 44
GLYBURIDE 203 170 R 46 70
CLOPIDOGREL 197 181 47 30
DIPYRIDAMOLE 181 138 R 48 76
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 180 157 49 9
TERAZOSIN HCL 180 159 49 128
INSULIN SYRINGE 178 137 51 41
CLONIDINE HCL 164 135 52 60
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 163 127 53 127
PREDNISOLONE 161 115 54 118
COUMADIN 159 93 55 88
ALLOPURINOL 156 112 56 84
HUMULIN N 150 134 57 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 115 58 46
AZITHROMYCIN 149 114 58 55
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 147 102 60 49
NABUMETONE 130 92 61 37
CILOSTAZOL 130 129 61 64
QVAR 127 106 63 136
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 126 100 R 64 91
LATANOPROST 120 93 65 121
PROAIR HFA 117 77 66 92
PAROXETINE HCL 111 101 67 77
IRBESARTAN 108 87 68 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 84 69 54
PREDNISONE 104 69 70 65
TRAMADOL HCL 95 86 71 32
OMEGA-3 91 81 72 269
DILANTIN 91 46 72 199
VITAMIN B-12 90 78 74 149
LORATADINE 89 80 75 164
DIOVAN HCT 87 74 76 71
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 43 77 66
LYRICA 81 81 78 86
BISACODYL 77 75 79 277
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 77 54 79 113
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 75 55 81 125
SULINDAC 75 59 81 78
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 75 60 81 42
TIMOLOL MALEATE 73 57 84 214
PROCTOZONE-HC 71 62 85 278
AVAPRO 70 58 86 83
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 69 54 87 236
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 61 88 50
NAPROXEN 65 41 89 80
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 60 60 90 107
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 18 91 93
AMIODARONE HCL 59 54 91 189
CEFADROXIL 56 47 93 153
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 39 94 156
MUPIROCIN 52 29 94 185
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 39 96 119
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 1, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.