Prescriber Checkup

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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

GEORGE ALCANTARA CARDI M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,066Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 215 out of 1525 providers in this state and specialty

$230K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 446 out of 1525 providers in this state and specialty

1,555 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

3% of this provider’s 1,038 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

53% of this provider’s 1,555 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 36%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 1,555 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$23 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $38 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

6 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

$204K

2014

$236K

2015

$230K

2016

Number of Claims

8,122

2014

9,473

2015

10,066

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
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 684

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

420

prescriptions.

600

patients, 39% of all patients

10 1 72
AZITHROMYCIN 557

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

510

patients, 33% of all patients

A 2 34
SULINDAC 525

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

346

prescriptions.

445

patients, 29% of all patients

10 3 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 312

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

231

patients, 15% of all patients

4 25
DICYCLOMINE HCL 271

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

241

patients, 15% of all patients

5 78
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 257

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

6 9
DEXAMETHASONE 256

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

224

patients, 14% of all patients

7 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

232

patients, 15% of all patients

A 8 46
RANITIDINE HCL 233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

9 4
SIMVASTATIN 231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

10 1
METFORMIN HCL 206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

11 3
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

151

patients, 10% of all patients

10 12 136
CLONAZEPAM 160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

13 16
GABAPENTIN 152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

14 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

15 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

16 10
GLIPIZIDE 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

17 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

18 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

P 19 57
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

20 8
CLOPIDOGREL 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

21 20
MUPIROCIN* 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

100

patients, 6% of all patients

22 148
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

23 18
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

97

patients, 6% of all patients

A 24 97
FUROSEMIDE 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

25 21
OMEPRAZOLE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

26 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

27 6
PENTOXIFYLLINE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

28 42
LISINOPRIL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

29 13
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

30 37
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 11

patients, 1% of all patients

O 30 52
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

32 26
CILOSTAZOL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

33 55
LEVETIRACETAM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

<11 34 121
PERMETHRIN 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

35 182
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

36 41
MEMANTINE HCL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

36 71
ALPRAZOLAM 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

38 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

39 122
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 21

patients, 1% of all patients

39 123
NABUMETONE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

41 31
TEMAZEPAM 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

42 28
RISPERIDONE 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

P 42 76
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

56

patients, 4% of all patients

44 239
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

63

patients, 4% of all patients

A 45 157
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

46 24
TRAMADOL HCL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

O 47 23
HUMULIN 70-30 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 48 45
LORAZEPAM 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

49 51
FLUOXETINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 49 69
TRAZODONE HCL 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 51 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 52 86
TAMIFLU 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

51

patients, 3% of all patients

53 377
SERTRALINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 53 38
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 April 17, 2013.
  • 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.