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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,991Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 72 out of 563

$683K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 563

594 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs

17% 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

29 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 1,226 1,073 275 1 1
GABAPENTIN 970 815 214 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 810 695 158 3 8
METFORMIN HCL 723 639 142 4 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 666 564 134 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 557 486 122 6 5
TRAMADOL HCL 515 441 169 7 29
OMEPRAZOLE 486 399 132 8 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 447 410 108 9 18
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 446 400 82 10 9
RANITIDINE HCL 437 369 120 11 7
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 328 294 69 12 11
SERTRALINE HCL 300 270 63 13 41
LISINOPRIL 295 257 69 14 16
NABUMETONE 247 193 141 15 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 195 90 16 12
LANTUS 243 203 48 17 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 220 204 43 18 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 219 189 52 19 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 198 156 112 20 58
FAMOTIDINE* 185 146 41 21 35
CLOPIDOGREL 179 168 40 22 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 176 176 39 23 46
ATENOLOL 171 155 30 24 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 153 148* 32 25 15
CARVEDILOL 151 116 34 26 22
CILOSTAZOL 147 129 32 27 63
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 141 114 55 28 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 140 135* 35 29 20
SYNTHROID 139 98 30 30 10
PAROXETINE HCL 137 108 35 31 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 117 32 32 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 132 114 22 33 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 130 114 24 34 32
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 129 114 37 35 26
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 128 128 26 36 27
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 126 97 27 37 38
CLONAZEPAM 121 108 28 B 38 31
FUROSEMIDE 118 105 33 39 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 118 113* 21 39 47
CLONIDINE HCL 117 102 25 41 57
HYDRALAZINE HCL 111 91 30 42 98
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 106 22 43 24
IRBESARTAN 102 97* 20 44 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 95* 24 45 36
GLIPIZIDE 97 92* 18 46 23
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 95 62 24 47 110
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 73 86 48 55
HUMULIN 70-30 93 78 19 49 37
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 88 67 19 R 50 49
RAMIPRIL 88 77 24 50 51
MECLIZINE HCL 86 81* 40 52 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 79 12 53 60
AZITHROMYCIN 78 73* 70 54 52
BACLOFEN 76 57 50 55 113
DIGOX 73 62 16 56 56
CYMBALTA 70 37 16 57 105
LATANOPROST 60 44 15 58 111
NAMENDA 59 59 14 59 81
ALPRAZOLAM 58 53* 12 B 60 45
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 58 38 29 60 40
PROAIR HFA 57 38 16 62 82
EVISTA 57 52* 14 62 54
TEMAZEPAM 53 38 12 B 64 78
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 Jan. 20, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.