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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,333Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 32

$486K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 32

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 596 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

1% of this provider’s 11,108 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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 712 636 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 464 396 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 424 317 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 420 344 4 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 382 349 5 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 361 309 6 4
GABAPENTIN 303 204 7 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 299 267 8 3
LISINOPRIL 287 218 9 9
RANITIDINE HCL 271 213 10 5
ATENOLOL 237 225 11 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 230 12 22
SERTRALINE HCL 225 211 13 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 194 14 11
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 201 169 15 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 201 179 15 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 199 162 17 17
FUROSEMIDE 176 155 18 14
TRAMADOL HCL 166 86 19 26
NAMENDA 161 161 20 33
SYNTHROID 156 144 21 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 156 150 21 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 110 23 16
CARVEDILOL 123 106 24 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 111 25 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 103 26 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 110 104 27 20
PENTOXIFYLLINE 110 106 27 46
LANTUS 110 89 27 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 107 107 30 81
GLIPIZIDE 106 89 31 15
PLAVIX 102 94 32 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 69 33 43
RAMIPRIL 91 80 34 66
INSULIN SYRINGE 90 66 35 36
NABUMETONE 89 60 36 38
DIGOXIN 87 87 37 70
CLOPIDOGREL 84 78 38 39
MECLIZINE HCL 83 69 39 63
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 82 65 40 123
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 52 41 90
CAPTOPRIL 79 72 42 42
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 71 52 43 47
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 69 49 44 89
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 69 63 44 128
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 52 46 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67 46 47 25
HUMULIN N 65 52 48 32
NAPROXEN 65 44 48 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 43 50 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 59 51 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 45 52 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 41 53 52
ASPIRIN EC 58 52 54 23
PAROXETINE HCL 58 44 54 82
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 23 R 56 142
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 33 57 117
LATANOPROST 53 53 57 93
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 15 S2 59 85
FAMOTIDINE 51 50 60 53
VERAPAMIL ER 51 51 60 34
EVISTA 51 46 60 54
HUMULIN 70-30 50 43 63 44
SINGULAIR 50 45 63 68
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 Jan. 26, 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.