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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,523Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 234 out of 563

$362K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 176 out of 563

272 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Puerto Rico
SIMVASTATIN 538 508 95 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 401 396* 61 2 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 374 358 61 3 4
SYNTHROID 366 361* 46 4 10
GABAPENTIN 317 312* 56 5 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 234 221 37 6 18
CLOPIDOGREL 212 212 35 7 14
IRBESARTAN 185 185 31 8 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 174 174 23 9 24
OMEPRAZOLE 172 167* 44 10 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 171 27 11 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 158 158 28 12 12
METFORMIN HCL 152 140 23 13 2
EVISTA 137 132* 23 14 54
DIOVAN 129 129 18 15 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 127 122* 26 16 33
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 127 122* 19 16 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 122 117* 22 18 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 117 112* 17 19 43
NAMENDA 113 113 21 20 81
SERTRALINE HCL 109 104* 18 21 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 94 15 21 15
FENOFIBRATE* 105 100* 15 23 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 99* 16 24 11
RANITIDINE HCL 102 97* 28 25 7
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 97* 32 25 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 99 16 27 19
FUROSEMIDE 98 98 19 28 17
LISINOPRIL 86 81* 11 29 16
ATENOLOL 85 85 11 30 13
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 84 79* 15 31 38
ALPRAZOLAM 78 78 17 B 32 45
VYTORIN 69 69 11 33 155
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 69 15 33 46
CRESTOR 66 66 15 35 80
GALANTAMINE HBR 61 56* 11 36 181
PREDNISONE 60 55* 11 37 59
VERAPAMIL ER 59 <11 <11 38 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 <11 <11 39 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 56 <11 <11 40 20
CARVEDILOL 54 54 14 41 22
DIGOX 53 53 11 42 56
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.