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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,175Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 551

$864K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 551

831 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
2% 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 21,102 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$30 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 1,555 1,173 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,264 849 2 7
GABAPENTIN 1,125 788 3 3
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,052 825 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 878 636 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 852 580 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 799 542 7 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 769 625 8 6
SYNTHROID 729 568 9 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 727 534 10 24
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 598 409 11 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 586 476 12 19
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 577 425 10 13 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 534 389 14 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 513 436 15 17
RANITIDINE HCL 506 339 16 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 495 350 17 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 467 361 18 23
ATENOLOL 435 334 19 12
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 365 262 20 89
METFORMIN HCL ER 346 222 21 67
FAMOTIDINE 344 240 22 31
FUROSEMIDE 318 226 23 13
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 310 237 R 24 48
ASPIRIN EC 292 244 25 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 283 194 26 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 258 231 27 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 258 156 27 66
QUINAPRIL HCL 255 173 29 104
TRAMADOL HCL 250 156 30 32
FENOFIBRATE 249 159 31 34
GLIPIZIDE 249 187 31 20
VERAPAMIL ER 235 185 33 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 235 163 33 27
RAMIPRIL 227 141 35 53
LANTUS 204 167 36 28
HUMULIN 70-30 193 137 37 35
HUMULIN N 192 164 38 47
LISINOPRIL 187 166 39 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 183 161 40 21
PROVENTIL HFA 176 122 10 41 176
GLIMEPIRIDE 156 93 42 16
CRESTOR 150 141 43 62
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 147 82 44 49
NABUMETONE 143 109 45 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 138 81 46 36
ALLOPURINOL 135 90 47 84
PROAIR HFA 134 89 48 92
CLONIDINE HCL 128 102 49 60
CARVEDILOL 123 88 50 22
QVAR 121 85 51 136
IRBESARTAN 118 94 52 51
DIOVAN HCT 117 77 53 71
SERTRALINE HCL 112 107 54 43
INSULIN SYRINGE 110 85 55 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 105 90 56 46
PAROXETINE HCL 105 57 56 77
GLIPIZIDE XL 105 78 56 81
NIFEDIPINE ER 104 91 59 75
FEXOFENADINE HCL 103 67 60 143
SINGULAIR 102 54 61 58
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 67 62 54
VYTORIN 99 72 63 132
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 77 64 38
DIGOXIN 93 59 65 44
CILOSTAZOL 90 90 66 64
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 89 77 R 67 91
CYMBALTA 88 57 68 105
DONEPEZIL HCL 87 79 69 50
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 84 54 70 113
MECLIZINE HCL 83 64 71 56
DILTIAZEM HCL 82 62 72 106
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 81 75 73 25
CETIRIZINE HCL 78 58 74 154
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 38 75 97
NAPROXEN 76 53 75 80
CLOPIDOGREL 74 63 77 30
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 55 77 151
DEXAMETHASONE 73 52 79 111
LANSOPRAZOLE 72 35 80 72
NAMENDA 68 68 81 94
ZETIA 66 44 82 69
GEMFIBROZIL 65 32 83 61
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 53 83 98
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 31 83 59
DIOVAN 63 31 86 57
AVAPRO 61 48 87 83
HUMALOG 61 55 87 101
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 45 R 89 96
CAPTOPRIL 58 27 90 63
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 23 91 112
PLAVIX 56 56 92 33
EVISTA 55 40 93 52
LEVOXYL 55 46 93 40
ACTOS 54 54 95 135
MUCINEX DM 51 32 10 96 292
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 50 50 97 110
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 48 97 192
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. 3, 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.