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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,919Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 17

$763K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 17

437 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%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

5% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,543 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 795 586 1 18
SIMVASTATIN 708 513 2 1
RANITIDINE HCL 703 495 3 4
GABAPENTIN 618 413 4 5
METFORMIN HCL ER 485 286 5 42
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 448 316 6 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 373 230 7 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 357 239 8 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 312 219 9 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 311 234 10 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 299 202 11 21
OMEPRAZOLE 279 143 12 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 275 186 13 3
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 266 143 14 57
CILOSTAZOL 259 196 15 43
FAMOTIDINE 250 122 16 27
CARVEDILOL 240 177 17 33
ATENOLOL 202 169 18 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 199 158 19 29
CLOPIDOGREL 194 149 20 32
TIZANIDINE HCL 183 87 21 66
DIOVAN HCT 181 127 22 68
METFORMIN HCL 181 98 22 2
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 177 132 24 26
FENOFIBRATE 169 93 25 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 87 26 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 152 135 27 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 149 113 28 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 149 104 28 39
PLAVIX 147 115 30 44
SYNTHROID 128 57 31 11
RAMIPRIL 127 76 32 48
PENTOXIFYLLINE 121 101 33 64
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 116 64 R 34 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 112 106 35 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 54 36 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109 60 37 37
DIOVAN 101 92 38 88
LISINOPRIL 100 92 39 13
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 98 63 40 89
CRESTOR 96 39 41 90
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 91 42 47
DEXAMETHASONE 88 57 43 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 35 44 57
NABUMETONE 83 57 45 28
DIPYRIDAMOLE 80 51 R 46 54
LANTUS 76 31 47 31
SULINDAC 74 44 48 61
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 45 49 106
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 67 R 49 106
CLOTRIMAZOLE 68 38 51 67
SERTRALINE HCL 66 45 52 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 65 43 53 110
AZITHROMYCIN 65 39 53 36
VERAPAMIL ER 65 63 53 24
QUINAPRIL HCL 63 38 56 77
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 61 34 57 114
ACTOS 61 39 57 114
PIROXICAM 60 55 59 117
JANUVIA 60 26 59 84
METOLAZONE 59 38 61 118
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 59 29 61 118
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 32 S3 63 123
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 27 64 126
FUROSEMIDE 52 51 65 16
MOMETASONE FUROATE 50 32 66 132
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 June 30, 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.