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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,541Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 384

$588K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 384

627 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,804 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$32 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,169 1,002 1 1
RANITIDINE HCL 1,094 831 2 7
METFORMIN HCL 731 588 3 2
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 608 508 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 592 497 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 502 403 6 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 459 353 7 5
SYNTHROID 422 355 8 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 417 308 9 16
ATENOLOL 394 291 10 12
LOVASTATIN 336 288 11 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 313 260 12 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 298 232 13 22
GABAPENTIN 297 225 14 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 289 258 15 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 284 236 16 10
FUROSEMIDE 283 246 17 17
HUMULIN 70-30 264 193 18 47
CARVEDILOL 258 223 19 23
GLIPIZIDE 252 218 20 27
VERAPAMIL ER 242 190 21 41
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 236 161 22 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 210 198 23 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 204 149 24 11
ASPIRIN EC 189 167 25 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 170 151 26 29
CAPTOPRIL 169 137 27 72
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 162 124 28 132
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 161 116 29 24
FENOFIBRATE 155 101 30 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 133 94 31 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 77 32 21
ALLOPURINOL 129 111 32 94
MECLIZINE HCL 126 114 34 73
NAPROXEN 125 90 35 129
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 120 116 36 28
DIGOXIN 120 111 36 49
TRAMADOL HCL 117 65 38 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 115 89 39 46
RAMIPRIL 112 100 40 51
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 106 41 48
LISINOPRIL 101 76 42 14
NABUMETONE 100 62 43 34
GLIPIZIDE ER 94 71 44 105
CILOSTAZOL 89 89 45 70
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 87 64 46 43
LANTUS 85 65 47 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 68 47 39
DEXAMETHASONE 84 74 49 117
LEVOTHROID 80 77 50 301
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 68 51 25
CLOPIDOGREL 76 60 52 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 50 52 61
CRESTOR 76 72 52 45
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 73 60 55 159
BACLOFEN 71 39 56 109
PENTOXIFYLLINE 70 54 57 113
HUMULIN N 70 60 57 57
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 70 53 R 57 64
QUINAPRIL HCL 69 42 60 110
PLAVIX 68 53 61 32
LANSOPRAZOLE 67 40 62 86
IRBESARTAN 65 55 63 55
LEVOXYL 65 60 63 44
LORATADINE 63 53 65 240
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 55 66 33
VYTORIN 62 51 66 99
LATANOPROST 61 61 68 76
ASPIR 81 61 41 10 68 432
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 61 50 68 118
MELOXICAM 61 40 68 85
EVISTA 60 57 72 52
ASPIRIN 60 43 72 304
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 59 46 74 175
FAMOTIDINE 59 58 74 35
SINGULAIR 58 54 76 63
DIOVAN 57 41 77 54
FEXOFENADINE HCL 57 56 77 227
PAROXETINE HCL 56 54 79 37
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 55 42 80 58
PROAIR HFA 54 41 81 112
DIOVAN HCT 54 54 81 66
TRICOR 52 42 83 123
PREDNISONE 50 44 84 56
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. 8, 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.