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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,152Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 1479

$545K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 1479

668 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
4% 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 668 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

3% of this provider’s 14,140 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 20%.

Prescription Price

$32 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $33 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 1,356 1,153 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 711 575 2 2
RANITIDINE HCL 527 430 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 521 446 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 504 415 5 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 490 371 6 3
GABAPENTIN 414 323 7 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 410 358 8 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 362 290 9 10
FUROSEMIDE 331 285 10 15
GLIPIZIDE 320 283 11 13
CAPTOPRIL 319 285 12 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 319 284 12 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 286 250 14 14
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 282 200 15 18
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 280 255 16 33
ATENOLOL 258 236 17 11
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 257 209 18 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 240 170 19 17
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 211 163 20 29
TRAMADOL HCL 197 141 21 20
LISINOPRIL 196 165 22 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 182 179 23 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 169 143 24 30
NAMENDA 167 162 25 69
NAPROXEN 150 122 26 57
HUMULIN N 148 139 27 42
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 144 28 45
SERTRALINE HCL 144 121 29 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 142 105 30 23
HUMULIN 70-30 142 134 30 43
AVELOX 142 117 30 168
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 136 105 33 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 136 129 33 19
CARVEDILOL 135 119 35 32
DIPYRIDAMOLE 133 124 R 36 56
CLOPIDOGREL 120 101 37 46
PLAVIX 119 108 38 52
NABUMETONE 117 82 39 22
SYNTHROID 115 92 40 12
PENTOXIFYLLINE 113 93 41 40
MEGESTROL ACETATE 107 106 R 42 109
ASPIRIN EC 103 85 43 24
FINASTERIDE 101 97 44 84
AZITHROMYCIN 96 74 45 25
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 93 72 R 46 235
MECLIZINE HCL 91 70 47 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 91 81 47 21
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 91 86 47 130
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 68 50 27
VERAPAMIL ER 79 47 51 34
LANTUS 76 45 52 35
PAROXETINE HCL 73 69 53 77
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 73 63 53 81
NITROSTAT 70 60 55 265
SINGULAIR 70 54 55 74
FAMOTIDINE 70 67 55 47
DIGOXIN 70 68 55 61
FENOFIBRATE 64 42 59 37
PROAIR HFA 63 48 60 80
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62 60 61 108
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 61 61 94
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 57 63 54
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 60 54 63 82
ALLOPURINOL 58 58 65 103
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 58 42 65 51
LATANOPROST 56 44 67 116
SEROQUEL 53 51 68 203
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 50 68 36
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 53 47 68 125
RISPERIDONE 52 36 71 88
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 20 72 134
SURE COMFORT 50 49 73 58
WARFARIN SODIUM 50 46 73 83
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 50 73 150
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 22, 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.