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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,644Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 254 out of 1479

$293K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 172 out of 1479

364 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,295 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 370 358 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 238 225 2 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 237 228 3 51
OMEPRAZOLE 232 215 4 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 206 198 5 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 177 176 6 17
GABAPENTIN 172 153 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 169 155 8 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 152 9 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 157 146 10 9
SYNTHROID 145 142 11 12
TRAZODONE HCL 141 140 12 122
FUROSEMIDE 136 127 13 15
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 129 120 14 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 113 111 15 98
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 112 15 10
ATENOLOL 102 101 17 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 101 18 36
PLAVIX 95 95 19 52
PENTOXIFYLLINE 87 87 20 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 85 85 21 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 84 21 108
FAMOTIDINE 82 82 23 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 79 70 24 23
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 78 25 18
CILOSTAZOL 78 78 25 65
RAMIPRIL 75 72 27 63
RISPERIDONE 75 75 27 88
CARVEDILOL 75 74 27 32
NAMENDA 74 74 30 69
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 72 68 31 29
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 63 32 132
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 63 33 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 62 34 8
MEGESTROL ACETATE 65 61 R 35 109
NABUMETONE 64 50 36 22
RANITIDINE HCL 64 59 36 4
PAROXETINE HCL 62 55 38 77
SERTRALINE HCL 60 53 39 38
LISINOPRIL 58 58 40 16
SEROQUEL 54 53 41 203
DIGOXIN 50 50 42 61
MECLIZINE HCL 50 50 42 50
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 Feb. 24, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.