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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,886Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 278 out of 563

$279K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 247 out of 563

417 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 417 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $35 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 567 521 112 1 1
SYNTHROID 482 432 86 2 10
METFORMIN HCL 367 342 66 3 2
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 253 248* 40 4 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 217 200 46 5 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 193 176 36 6 4
GABAPENTIN 181 147 41 7 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 149 43 8 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 172 152 33 9 15
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 159 134 27 10 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 114 90 31 11 8
OMEPRAZOLE 114 86 38 11 6
ATENOLOL 104 82 24 13 13
CLOPIDOGREL 103 98* 26 14 14
ZETIA 100 77 19 15 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 94 80 23 16 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 93 93 21 17 21
LISINOPRIL 92 69 19 18 16
RANITIDINE HCL 83 78* 20 19 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 67 13 20 18
FOLIC ACID 81 64 22 20 256
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 79 66 46 22 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 59 19 23 19
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 47 25 24 26
FENOFIBRATE* 71 <11 <11 25 30
FUROSEMIDE 65 60* 14 26 17
ONGLYZA 57 <11 <11 27 124
CRESTOR 56 <11 <11 28 80
CLONAZEPAM 54 <11 <11 B 29 31
LANSOPRAZOLE 52 <11 <11 30 61
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 <11 <11 31 64
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.