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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,283Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 219 out of 1479

$262K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 228 out of 1479

253 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
0% 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 7,755 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 523 486 1 27
FUROSEMIDE 358 340 2 15
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 350 325 3 3
RANITIDINE HCL 265 246 4 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 232 229 5 45
SERTRALINE HCL 207 204 6 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 202 191 7 9
PENTOXIFYLLINE 185 180 8 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 169 166 9 8
GLIPIZIDE 169 142 9 13
LISINOPRIL 157 157 11 16
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 149 12 18
SIMVASTATIN 150 147 13 1
NAMENDA 137 137 14 69
SYNTHROID 134 123 15 12
METFORMIN HCL 126 111 16 2
RISPERIDONE 123 99 17 88
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 98 98 18 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 98 95 18 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 95 82 20 6
CAPTOPRIL 95 79 20 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 92 89 22 108
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 92 89 22 132
LACTULOSE 91 74 24 172
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 90 25 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 73 26 23
GABAPENTIN 85 83 27 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 80 28 19
MEGESTROL ACETATE 80 80 R 29 109
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 79 79 30 82
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 78 78 31 125
CLOPIDOGREL 78 73 31 46
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 64 33 184
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 75 34 36
ATENOLOL 70 70 35 11
OMEPRAZOLE 69 68 36 7
FAMOTIDINE 68 68 37 47
MECLIZINE HCL 65 64 38 50
INSULIN SYRINGE 62 62 39 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 49 40 142
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 59 41 10
EXELON 57 57 42 237
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 52 43 100
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 51 44 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 43 44 76
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 52 46 98
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. 18, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.