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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

BALTAZAR RODRIGUEZ CRUZ

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,953Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 1525 providers in this state and specialty

$989K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 1525 providers in this state and specialty

1,332 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

3% of this provider’s 1,045 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

41% of this provider’s 1,332 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 36%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 1,332 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $38 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$952K

2014

$1.12M

2015

$989K

2016

Number of Claims

23,538

2014

25,071

2015

24,953

2016

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

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 Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
SIMVASTATIN 1,588

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,324

prescriptions.

563

patients, 42% of all patients

1 1
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 1,435

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,100

prescriptions.

590

patients, 44% of all patients

10 2 22
GABAPENTIN 1,261

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

957

prescriptions.

487

patients, 37% of all patients

3 2
RANITIDINE HCL 935

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

762

prescriptions.

377

patients, 28% of all patients

4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 702

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

604

prescriptions.

256

patients, 19% of all patients

5 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 671

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

560

prescriptions.

224

patients, 17% of all patients

6 8
CLONAZEPAM 634

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

466

prescriptions.

136

patients, 10% of all patients

7 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 632

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

548

prescriptions.

209

patients, 16% of all patients

8 12
OMEPRAZOLE 585

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

486

prescriptions.

213

patients, 16% of all patients

9 5
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 564

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

432

prescriptions.

181

patients, 14% of all patients

10 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 544

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

216

patients, 16% of all patients

11 7
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN 526

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

423

prescriptions.

171

patients, 13% of all patients

10 12 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 470

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

337

prescriptions.

171

patients, 13% of all patients

13 24
ALPRAZOLAM 427

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

59

patients, 4% of all patients

14 30
BACLOFEN 414

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

263

patients, 20% of all patients

15 50
TEMAZEPAM 383

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

96

patients, 7% of all patients

16 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 378

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

145

patients, 11% of all patients

17 6
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 373

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

235

patients, 18% of all patients

18 83
PREDNISONE 364

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

223

patients, 17% of all patients

19 53
METFORMIN HCL 352

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

136

patients, 10% of all patients

20 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 338

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

152

patients, 11% of all patients

21 27
LANTUS 296

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

57

patients, 4% of all patients

22 29
TRAMADOL HCL 282

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

168

patients, 13% of all patients

O 23 23
SURE COMFORT* 277

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

86

patients, 6% of all patients

10 24 98
AZITHROMYCIN 271

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

226

patients, 17% of all patients

A 25 34
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 266

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

165

patients, 12% of all patients

26 37
CLOPIDOGREL 265

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

102

patients, 8% of all patients

27 20
ATENOLOL 259

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

90

patients, 7% of all patients

28 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 255

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

113

patients, 8% of all patients

29 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 247

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

84

patients, 6% of all patients

30 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 246

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

99

patients, 7% of all patients

31 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 242

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

115

patients, 9% of all patients

32 18
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

81

patients, 6% of all patients

33 117
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 215

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

181

patients, 14% of all patients

A 34 81
PAROXETINE HCL 197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

84

patients, 6% of all patients

35 80
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

71

patients, 5% of all patients

36 43
VENTOLIN HFA 179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

88

patients, 7% of all patients

37 108
MECLIZINE HCL 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

78

patients, 6% of all patients

38 49
FLOVENT HFA 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

108

patients, 8% of all patients

39 186
HUMULIN 70-30 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

40 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

134

patients, 10% of all patients

A 41 46
LORAZEPAM 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

42 51
HUMALOG 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

43 88
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

44 25
CARVEDILOL 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

45 33
LISINOPRIL 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

46 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 119

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

47 26
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 116

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

82

patients, 6% of all patients

48 138
FUROSEMIDE 116

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

48 21
HUMULIN N 115

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

50 54
FENOFIBRATE* 114

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

55

patients, 4% of all patients

51 44
ETODOLAC 105

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

63

patients, 5% of all patients

52 111
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

53 32
NABUMETONE 95

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

54 31
PROAIR HFA 92

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

55 146
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

56 160
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

57 40
VERAPAMIL ER 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

57 57
DONEPEZIL HCL 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

59 35
LEVOFLOXACIN 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

79

patients, 6% of all patients

A 60 63
CILOSTAZOL 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

60 55
FAMOTIDINE* 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

60 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

63 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

64 99
SYNTHROID 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

64 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

66 47
SERTRALINE HCL 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

67 38
GLIPIZIDE 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

68 15
LEVETIRACETAM 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

69 121
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

O 69 90
GEMFIBROZIL 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

71 61
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

72 82
MOMETASONE FUROATE 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

73 154
NITROSTAT 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

73 265
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

P 75 57
ZOSTAVAX 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

61

patients, 5% of all patients

76 294
LOPERAMIDE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

76 203
WARFARIN SODIUM 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

78 79
NAPROXEN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

78 48
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

A 78 157
KETOCONAZOLE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

78 101
IRBESARTAN 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

82 36
ALLOPURINOL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

83 68
DICLOFENAC SODIUM ER 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

83 104
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

85 89
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

85 65
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

85 152
RISPERIDONE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

P 88 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

89 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

90 139
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

91 145
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. The data for 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.