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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

EDGAR QUINTERO-MALDONADO M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,986Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 104 out of 1539

$399K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 171 out of 1539

435 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

20% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 37%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 335 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

10% of this provider’s 435 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$29 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $37 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$244K

2012

$235K

2013

$301K

2014

$399K

2015

Number of Claims

8,348

2012

8,269

2013

11,124

2014

13,986

2015

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.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

803

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

630

prescriptions.

111

patients, 26% of all patients

1 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

748

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

606

prescriptions.

107

patients, 25% of all patients

2 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

685

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

508

prescriptions.

114

patients, 26% of all patients

3 8
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

648

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

484

prescriptions.

93

patients, 21% of all patients

4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

598

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

514

prescriptions.

79

patients, 18% of all patients

5 9
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

577

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

423

prescriptions.

103

patients, 24% of all patients

6 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

544

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

392

prescriptions.

72

patients, 17% of all patients

7 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

459

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

78

patients, 18% of all patients

8 7
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

410

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

338

prescriptions.

67

patients, 15% of all patients

9 96
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

383

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

74

patients, 17% of all patients

10 25
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

371

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

51

patients, 12% of all patients

11 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

12 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

264

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

42

patients, 10% of all patients

13 33
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

47

patients, 11% of all patients

14 105
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

15 6
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

239

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

16 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

17 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

18 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

19 15
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

20 21
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

Used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

21 36
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

22 5
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

40

patients, 9% of all patients

22 99
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

24 79
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

25 93
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

26 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

27 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

28 22
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

82

patients, 19% of all patients

29 52
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

30 82
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

31 35
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

31 11
PENTOXIFYLLINE

Treats problems from poor b... +

Treats problems from poor blood circulation by improving the flow of blood through blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

33 43
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

34 13
HUMULIN R

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

35 175
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

36 53
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

37 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

38 40
HUMULIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

39 47
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

40 26
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

41 46
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

41 54
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

Lowers high triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

43 51
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

44 41
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 45 131
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

46 32
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

46 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 48 63
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure after a heart attack. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 48 65
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 50 94
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

51 73
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 Dec. 20, 2016.
  • 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.