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OSCAR VALE COLON M.D.

CARR. 111 EDIFICIO VALE COLON OFICINA NUM 6

Moca | Puerto Rico | 00676

(787) 877-1990

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,924Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 384

$696K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 384

743 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
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this specialty
in Puerto Rico
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 743 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 743 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 14,419 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 1,154 834 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 1,107 767 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 829 583 3 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 748 542 4 5
RANITIDINE HCL 732 457 5 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 657 442 6 18
GABAPENTIN 619 424 7 4
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 588 378 8 13
ATENOLOL 549 395 9 12
OMEPRAZOLE 492 316 10 8
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 463 302 11 6
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 400 238 12 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 392 272 13 11
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 331 267 14 28
NABUMETONE 274 127 15 34
DIGOXIN 268 212 16 49
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 264 200 17 15
LEVOXYL 256 198 18 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 242 178 19 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207 120 20 22
QUINAPRIL HCL 197 173 21 110
FAMOTIDINE 193 143 22 35
JANUMET 190 103 23 116
DIOVAN HCT 187 137 24 66
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 186 146 25 38
FUROSEMIDE 179 135 26 17
CLOPIDOGREL 176 158 27 30
PLAVIX 175 162 28 32
CARVEDILOL 174 112 29 23
SYNTHROID 165 113 30 9
HUMULIN 70-30 158 135 31 47
CLONIDINE HCL 154 101 32 84
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 153 123 33 43
AZITHROMYCIN 149 95 34 59
DEXAMETHASONE 140 82 35 117
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 140 49 S2 35 93
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 131 107 37 29
TRAMADOL HCL 130 81 38 40
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 130 97 38 81
PREDNISONE 130 95 38 56
FLUOXETINE HCL 127 65 41 36
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 125 79 42 58
EVISTA 124 86 43 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 112 43 25
LANTUS 123 78 45 42
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 121 86 46 133
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 107 46 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 120 120 48 33
PROAIR HFA 114 70 49 112
NIFEDIPINE ER 114 79 49 106
NOVOLIN 70-30 110 84 51 314
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 109 68 52 50
DIOVAN 107 79 53 54
PAROXETINE HCL 104 69 54 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 75 55 39
LYRICA 100 56 55 92
GEMFIBROZIL 100 57 55 74
ETODOLAC 93 52 58 101
NITROSTAT 93 77 58 199
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 65 60 16
INSULIN SYRINGE 77 61 61 46
LEVOFLOXACIN 76 52 62 127
WARFARIN SODIUM 76 49 62 48
SULINDAC 74 73 64 79
SINGULAIR 73 32 65 63
GLYBURIDE 72 58 R 66 82
LANSOPRAZOLE 67 45 67 86
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 66 62 68 118
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 44 R 68 75
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 59 68 21
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 63 12 R 71 124
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 45 71 103
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 63 45 71 159
GLIPIZIDE 61 48 74 27
VERAPAMIL ER 59 47 75 41
CEPHALEXIN 59 42 75 193
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 27 75 88
MOMETASONE FUROATE 57 41 78 183
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 34 79 182
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 39 80 140
NAPROXEN 55 46 80 129
CAPTOPRIL 55 45 80 72
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 52 83 157
DETROL LA 52 43 83 266
THEOPHYLLINE 51 29 85 292
AVELOX 51 36 85 249
MELOXICAM 50 36 87 85
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 Sept. 27, 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.