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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,837Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 551

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 551

723 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%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

2% of this provider’s 723 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

2% of this provider’s 21,347 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 948 784 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 922 761 2 7
GABAPENTIN 909 698 3 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 901 795 4 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 896 828 5 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 885 814 6 19
METFORMIN HCL 750 565 7 2
GLIMEPIRIDE 725 589 8 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 659 541 9 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 593 527 10 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 589 513 11 4
FENOFIBRATE 557 438 12 34
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 549 448 13 9
SYNTHROID 486 449 14 11
ATENOLOL 377 333 15 12
LEVOXYL 346 285 16 40
NABUMETONE 330 270 17 37
RANITIDINE HCL 306 221 18 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 280 231 19 36
MELOXICAM 274 198 20 90
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 271 163 21 27
FUROSEMIDE 255 225 22 13
GLIPIZIDE 250 236 23 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 241 201 24 17
CLOPIDOGREL 239 229 25 30
FAMOTIDINE 230 199 26 31
LANSOPRAZOLE 224 192 27 72
TIZANIDINE HCL 223 173 28 138
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 210 185 29 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 196 180 30 38
EVISTA 195 171 31 52
PLAVIX 194 190 32 33
VERAPAMIL ER 193 183 33 39
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 174 133 34 18
CARVEDILOL 171 133 35 22
CILOSTAZOL 158 136 36 64
CAPTOPRIL 157 145 37 63
LYRICA 156 100 38 86
CYMBALTA 151 65 39 105
LISINOPRIL 141 132 40 14
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 139 116 41 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 117 42 66
SERTRALINE HCL 136 104 43 43
LANTUS 133 109 44 28
ETODOLAC 131 120 45 95
BUMETANIDE 129 120 46 108
SINGULAIR 127 103 47 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 98 48 97
FLUOXETINE HCL 124 77 49 93
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 123 106 50 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 121 110 51 21
PENTOXIFYLLINE 120 95 52 73
PAROXETINE HCL 119 87 53 77
TRAMADOL HCL 119 90 53 32
ASPIRIN EC 118 114 55 26
INSULIN SYRINGE 117 99 56 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 117 111 56 42
GLYBURIDE 114 114 R 58 70
DIPYRIDAMOLE 113 87 R 59 76
HUMULIN N 112 107 60 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 112 60 50
NAMENDA 109 96 62 94
AZITHROMYCIN 104 78 63 55
IRBESARTAN 98 90 64 51
DIGOXIN 98 85 64 44
SULINDAC 98 91 64 78
FINASTERIDE 96 86 67 82
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 72 67 186
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 90 70 R 69 91
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 72 70 29
PIROXICAM 83 52 71 178
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 41 72 15
GLIPIZIDE XL 79 61 72 81
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 60 74 79
CICLOPIROX 73 45 75 191
DIOVAN 71 59 76 57
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 71 63 76 100
AVAPRO 68 60 78 83
HUMULIN 70-30 68 65 78 35
LEVOTHROID 62 59 80 140
RAMIPRIL 61 48 81 53
MECLIZINE HCL 60 56 82 56
CLOTRIMAZOLE 60 52 82 160
CITALOPRAM HBR 59 40 84 122
VITAMIN D 56 48 85 175
WARFARIN SODIUM 56 40 85 46
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55 46 87 107
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 49 88 216
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 47 88 25
ZETIA 52 29 88 69
TRANDOLAPRIL 51 38 91 222
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 39 92 156
PREDNISOLONE 50 39 92 118
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.