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Prescriber Checkup

LUIS CATONI MD

CALLE JOSE CELSO BARBASA #219 EDIFICIO FARMACIA SUNILLO

Las piedras | Puerto Rico | 00771

(787) 733-3130

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,882Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 331

$626K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 331

484 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 484 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 484 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,119 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,200 762 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 723 403 2 2
GABAPENTIN 629 343 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 529 429 4 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 516 318 5 26
OMEPRAZOLE 470 295 6 5
LISINOPRIL 415 210 7 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 374 258 8 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 345 309 9 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 329 204 10 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 328 222 11 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 315 182 12 3
RANITIDINE HCL 302 172 13 4
SYNTHROID 289 187 14 11
FUROSEMIDE 261 214 15 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 260 141 16 41
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 242 130 17 18
VERAPAMIL ER 239 169 18 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 229 141 19 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208 157 20 10
DIOVAN 201 190 21 69
CARVEDILOL 195 130 22 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 187 123 23 21
CHLORTHALIDONE 165 94 24 152
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 162 95 25 47
FENOFIBRATE 154 58 26 48
TRAMADOL HCL 144 86 27 23
INSULIN SYRINGE 133 75 28 37
HUMULIN 70-30 130 83 29 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 81 30 79
ASPIRIN EC 121 80 31 27
SERTRALINE HCL 121 88 31 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 58 33 20
GLIPIZIDE 108 69 34 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 46 35 60
ATENOLOL 102 84 36 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 75 37 34
SINGULAIR 94 54 38 58
VITAMIN D 91 63 39 131
CITALOPRAM HBR 89 79 40 87
ZETIA 88 26 41 84
NABUMETONE 88 44 41 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 81 64 43 16
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 79 57 R 44 67
BACLOFEN 75 37 45 99
JANUVIA 70 19 46 90
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 68 47 31
RAMIPRIL 68 32 48 52
MOMETASONE FUROATE 66 36 49 195
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 45 50 30
DIOVAN HCT 63 46 51 103
LANSOPRAZOLE 61 18 52 86
TRANDOLAPRIL 59 26 53 308
PROAIR HFA 59 17 53 83
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 28 55 82
NAMENDA 57 57 56 63
PLAVIX 53 47 57 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 58 38
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 50 33 59 118
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 50 26 59 32
MECLIZINE HCL 50 45 59 51
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 50 21 R 59 54
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 May 6, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.