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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,796Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 101 out of 551

$529K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 87 out of 551

640 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
1% 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 640 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 13,008 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 1,006 942 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 583 559 2 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 574 544 3 6
SYNTHROID 536 510 4 11
GABAPENTIN 410 378 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 343 331 6 9
OMEPRAZOLE 338 311 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 326 292 8 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 318 290 9 10
ATENOLOL 290 282 10 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 252 234 11 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 239 233 12 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 188 171 13 27
RAMIPRIL 165 165 14 53
PAROXETINE HCL 163 160 15 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 156 152 16 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 136 17 23
FUROSEMIDE 152 148 18 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 152 152 18 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 151 151 20 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 129 124 21 46
SERTRALINE HCL 121 109 22 43
NAMENDA 120 118 23 94
LANSOPRAZOLE 120 112 23 72
ALPRAZOLAM 118 118 25 257
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 116 26 19
CLONIDINE HCL 115 101 27 60
CLOPIDOGREL 113 107 28 30
TRICOR 111 106 29 126
CARVEDILOL 110 98 30 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 99 31 15
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 99 32 18
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 103 102 R 33 91
PLAVIX 102 97 34 33
RANITIDINE HCL 101 94 35 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 86 36 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 93 37 38
LEVOXYL 97 90 37 40
DIOVAN 94 94 39 57
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 83 40 42
CILOSTAZOL 90 88 41 64
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 88 42 151
DIGOXIN 86 86 43 44
VYTORIN 83 79 44 132
EVISTA 82 82 45 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 81 46 79
LANTUS 80 70 47 28
VERAPAMIL ER 78 78 48 39
LABETALOL HCL 76 76 49 159
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 70 50 16
PROPRANOLOL HCL 75 73 50 139
IRBESARTAN 71 65 52 51
LISINOPRIL 68 61 53 14
ZETIA 66 66 54 69
DIPYRIDAMOLE 63 63 R 55 76
COUMADIN 61 59 56 88
DIOVAN HCT 61 50 56 71
CRESTOR 61 45 56 62
LOVAZA 60 60 59 248
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 45 60 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 53 61 54
CYMBALTA 54 44 62 105
SINGULAIR 54 52 62 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 51 64 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 49 65 97
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 45 66 25
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 9, 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.