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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,314Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 384

$548K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 384

1,203 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
14%Patients 65 Years and Older
2% 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 1,203 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 1,363 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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
PAROXETINE HCL 2,286 149 10 1 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 1,401 133 2 19
MIRTAZAPINE 928 137 3 111
BUPROPION XL 781 38 10 4 89
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 653 84 10 5 120
FLUOXETINE HCL 596 53 6 36
RISPERIDONE 576 61 7 60
CITALOPRAM HBR 550 81 8 68
DOXEPIN HCL 544 64 9 89
SERTRALINE HCL 393 54 10 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 377 54 11 83
BUSPIRONE HCL 250 40 12 138
CYMBALTA 234 24 13 71
HALOPERIDOL 229 25 14 168
TRAZODONE HCL 224 46 15 77
OLANZAPINE 209 14 16 143
CLONAZEPAM 185 11 17 188
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 164 12 18 126
BUPROPION HCL SR 159 0 19 122
LAMOTRIGINE 158 0 20 121
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 28 21 229
SEROQUEL 123 16 22 141
LITHIUM CARBONATE 117 11 23 201
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 0 R 24 75
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 99 0 25 147
SEROQUEL XR 97 19 26 277
BUDEPRION XL 93 0 10 27 259
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 93 0 R 27 135
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 91 0 R 29 131
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 0 S2 30 93
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 81 30 31 154
ABILIFY 71 13 32 119
PRISTIQ ER 68 0 33 200
GABAPENTIN 66 14 34 4
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 65 0 35 186
NABUMETONE 53 0 36 34
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 Sept. 27, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.