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RICARDO SANCHEZ M.D.

HOSPITAL C. COLL Y TOSTE AVE.SAN LUIS, CARR 129 KM .9 SUIT #116

Arecibo | Puerto Rico | 00612

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,218Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 201 providers in this state and specialty

$588K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 201 providers in this state and specialty

1,124 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
30% 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

31% of this provider’s 337 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 33%.

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Antibiotics

1% of this provider’s 1,124 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs *

7% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 8%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$25 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $25 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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

$871K

2014

$732K

2015

$588K

2016

Number of Claims

22,301

2014

23,549

2015

23,218

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
CLONAZEPAM 4,420

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

1,265

prescriptions.

534

patients, 48% of all patients

1 1
FLUOXETINE HCL 2,695

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

585

prescriptions.

351

patients, 31% of all patients

10 2 3
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 1,205

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

145

patients, 13% of all patients

P 3 8
SERTRALINE HCL 1,130

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

378

prescriptions.

171

patients, 15% of all patients

4 5
TEMAZEPAM 1,115

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

176

patients, 16% of all patients

5 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 941

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

142

patients, 13% of all patients

6 7
ALPRAZOLAM 764

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

86

patients, 8% of all patients

7 4
BUSPIRONE HCL 744

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

122

patients, 11% of all patients

8 18
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 657

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

91

patients, 8% of all patients

9 21
LORAZEPAM 648

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

85

patients, 8% of all patients

10 6
PAROXETINE HCL 632

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

91

patients, 8% of all patients

11 11
DULOXETINE HCL 601

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

83

patients, 7% of all patients

12 14
RISPERIDONE 591

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

81

patients, 7% of all patients

P 13 9
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 567

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

60

patients, 5% of all patients

14 15
TRAZODONE HCL 524

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

74

patients, 7% of all patients

15 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 495

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

72

patients, 6% of all patients

16 13
DOXEPIN HCL 489

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

73

patients, 6% of all patients

17 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 374

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

18 22
ESTAZOLAM 320

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

19 17
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM 316

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

20 26
OLANZAPINE 310

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

P 21 23
BUPROPION HCL SR 270

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

22 20
BUPROPION XL 270

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

22 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 261

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

24 19
ARIPIPRAZOLE 193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

P 25 27
LAMOTRIGINE 168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 24

patients, 2% of all patients

26 25
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 27 38
HALOPERIDOL 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

P 28 28
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

29 29
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 17

patients, 2% of all patients

P 30 36
FLURAZEPAM HCL 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

31 32
MIRTAZAPINE 115

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

32 16
PAROXETINE ER 105

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

33 39
LITHIUM CARBONATE 95

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

34 30
THIOTHIXENE 90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

P 35 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 15

patients, 1% of all patients

36 34
GABAPENTIN 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

37 33
LATUDA 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 38 54
ROZEREM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

39 45
ROPINIROLE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 40 112
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.