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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,910Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 331

$230K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 331

273 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%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
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 273 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,646 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 360 316 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 257 230 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198 175 3 6
METFORMIN HCL 186 145 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 153 131 5 5
SERTRALINE HCL 151 148 6 28
AZITHROMYCIN 150 114 7 29
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 150 120 7 3
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 138 106 9 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 135 135 10 38
GABAPENTIN 126 78 11 7
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 126 105 11 36
ATENOLOL 124 100 13 12
NAMENDA 119 107 14 63
FUROSEMIDE 115 96 15 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 91 16 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 94 16 8
DEXAMETHASONE 112 91 18 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 87 19 17
RANITIDINE HCL 107 78 19 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 89 19 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 67 22 129
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 79 67 R 23 54
MEGESTROL ACETATE 75 75 R 24 98
LISINOPRIL 74 73 25 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 72 57 26 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 63 27 22
TIZANIDINE HCL 68 29 28 117
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 66 64 29 26
FAMOTIDINE 59 42 30 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 57 39 31 16
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57 46 31 43
PREDNISONE 57 44 31 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 44 34 31
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 34 35 18
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 Oct. 15, 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.