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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,457Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 331

$378K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 331

272 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%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

4% of this provider’s 272 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

1% of this provider’s 6,334 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 471 355 1 2
RANITIDINE HCL 450 323 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 350 265 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 338 240 4 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 317 266 5 17
LISINOPRIL 250 175 6 13
NABUMETONE 223 199 7 25
LEVOXYL 210 165 8 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 204 154 9 26
VITAMIN D 178 143 10 131
DONEPEZIL HCL 150 139 11 38
ETODOLAC 134 79 12 85
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 85 12 10
RAMIPRIL 133 69 14 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 129 106 15 8
ASPIRIN EC 125 92 16 27
JANUVIA 122 87 17 90
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 118 79 18 6
CRESTOR 118 73 18 62
GABAPENTIN 116 53 20 7
VYTORIN 111 86 21 178
JANUMET 109 81 22 105
PLAVIX 106 93 23 46
ATENOLOL 106 77 23 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 101 80 25 3
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 86 64 26 32
SYNTHROID 83 78 27 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 69 28 14
ASPIR 81 74 60 10 29 184
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 56 30 21
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 39 31 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 65 50 31 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 47 33 22
CHLORZOXAZONE 59 16 R 34 308
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 50 34 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 51 36 30
VERAPAMIL ER 57 57 36 35
NAMENDA 53 53 38 63
HUMULIN 70-30 51 31 39 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 50 40 41
CLOPIDOGREL 50 38 40 39
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.