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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,237Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 372

$892K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 372

1,860 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
18% Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$26 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $45 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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
ALPRAZOLAM 4,440 950 564 10 B 1 28
CLONAZEPAM 4,229 491 642 10 B 2 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 4,024 584 715 10 3 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 2,477 282 376 10 4 37
SERTRALINE HCL 1,970 316 332 10 5 29
TEMAZEPAM 1,827 257 292 B 6 45
RISPERIDONE 1,705 175 312 A 7 50
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 1,213 138 170 R 10 8 71
LORAZEPAM 1,153 304 208 B 9 46
PAROXETINE HCL 1,063 142 174 10 38
TRAZODONE HCL 990 152 148 11 66
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 684 61 93 A 10 12 139
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 665 129 93 A 13 51
DOXEPIN HCL 630 119 84 14 82
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 610 70 120 R 10 15 144
BUPROPION HCL SR 529 40 82 16 103
CITALOPRAM HBR 523 86 105 17 58
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM 521 112 96 10 B 18 107
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 503 56 86 19 114
FLURAZEPAM HCL 491 46 90 10 B 20 102
NAMENDA 311 96 75 21 64
CYMBALTA 298 40 55 22 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 255 63 44 23 41
DIAZEPAM 249 61 45 B 24 231
ESTAZOLAM 246 13 58 B 25 83
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 222 26 33 26 90
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 201 <11 26 A 27 244
HYDROXYZINE HCL 186 28 42 R 28 256
THIORIDAZINE HCL 186 72 19 A R 28 254
BUSPIRONE HCL 168 24 52 30 115
HALOPERIDOL 160 43 24 A 31 155
ABILIFY 154 11 24 A 32 108
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 138 <11 25 R 33 153
OLANZAPINE 126 14 21 A 34 130
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 116 16 57 R 35 210
LITHIUM CARBONATE 83 0 12 36 175
BUDEPRION SR 77 <11 19 10 37 379
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 71 <11 <11 38 217
PERPHENAZINE 67 <11 <11 A 39 398
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 16 13 40 142
BUPROPION XL 59 0 14 41 67
ZALEPLON 51 <11 15 42 256
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.