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Prescriber Checkup

ALVIN TORRES M.D

5 CALLE LUIS BARRERAS N HOSPITAL MUNICIPAL CAYEY

Cayey | Puerto Rico | 00736

(787) 263-0366

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,326Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 384

$691K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 384

506 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 506 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,347 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,489 1,083 1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 787 618 2 7
SYNTHROID 662 518 3 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 629 466 4 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 587 494 5 21
CARVEDILOL 578 490 6 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 537 395 7 5
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 529 377 8 6
ASPIRIN EC 503 445 9 31
METFORMIN HCL 466 364 10 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 421 349 11 10
FAMOTIDINE 402 307 12 35
OMEPRAZOLE 397 282 13 8
GABAPENTIN 378 294 14 4
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 346 272 15 29
INSULIN SYRINGE 303 248 16 46
GLIMEPIRIDE 265 217 17 18
RAMIPRIL 250 200 18 51
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 246 220 19 43
LANTUS 228 175 20 42
FUROSEMIDE 219 199 21 17
FENOFIBRATE 185 131 22 53
PAROXETINE HCL 185 172 22 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 178 159 24 20
COUMADIN 172 149 25 100
EVISTA 172 114 25 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 129 27 16
PLAVIX 160 137 28 32
ASPIR-LOW 150 117 29 176
IRBESARTAN 150 131 29 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 100 31 19
TRAMADOL HCL 136 113 32 40
MECLIZINE HCL 136 117 32 73
CLOPIDOGREL 135 105 34 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 97 35 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 131 116 36 130
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 130 97 37 11
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 122 100 R 38 64
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 74 39 61
SERTRALINE HCL 113 93 40 26
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 113 71 40 104
NAPROXEN 108 81 42 129
SPIRONOLACTONE 108 98 42 88
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 106 70 44 39
ALLOPURINOL 104 73 45 94
ADVAIR DISKUS 102 71 46 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 69 47 24
DIGOXIN 97 84 48 49
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 95 75 49 58
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 95 68 49 15
CALTRATE 600+D PLUS 90 70 10 51 380
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 88 55 52 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 62 53 28
DESONIDE 82 80 54 166
SPIRIVA 81 63 55 91
DIOVAN 81 69 55 54
HUMALOG 76 68 57 158
AZITHROMYCIN 70 52 58 59
CALTRATE 600 + D 70 59 58 196
DILTIAZEM HCL 66 43 60 157
ASPIRIN 64 60 61 304
HUMULIN N 63 52 62 57
SUCRALFATE 61 45 63 246
ATENOLOL 60 54 64 12
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 46 64 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 46 66 33
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 43 66 13
AVAPRO 58 50 68 87
VERAPAMIL ER 55 48 69 41
COLCRYS 55 24 69 365
LATANOPROST 55 52 69 76
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 40 72 233
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 53 53 72 132
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. 22, 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.