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Prescriber Checkup

EDGARDO COLON-ZAVALA M.D.

715 AVE PONCE DE LEON PDA 37 HOSPITAL AUXILIO MUTUO CENTRO NEURODIAGNOSTICO

San juan | Puerto Rico | 00918

(787) 422-8886

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,770Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 71

$302K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 71

344 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%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
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this specialty
in Puerto Rico
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,181 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 34%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $113 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
DONEPEZIL HCL 337 328 1 1
NAMENDA 313 291 2 2
GABAPENTIN 286 235 3 3
EXELON 152 140 4 6
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 144 140 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 126 122 6 13
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 114 105 7 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 87 8 52
LEVETIRACETAM 94 82 9 9
SERTRALINE HCL 94 83 9 7
LAMOTRIGINE 88 69 11 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 43 12 15
LYRICA 67 41 13 12
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 47 14 11
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 53 15 48
TRAZODONE HCL 50 50 16 50
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 Jan. 6, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.