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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,530Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 79 out of 563

$519K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 105 out of 563

573 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% 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 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

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$31 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 1,219 1,010 194 1 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 961 775 167 2 4
RANITIDINE HCL 812 611 169 3 7
GABAPENTIN 556 410 110 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 525 344 82 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 502 463 76 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 491 400 76 7 5
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 409 340 63 8 9
GLIPIZIDE 399 310 59 9 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 375 255 56 10 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 345 294 57 11 20
SYNTHROID 330 226 60 12 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 328 267 70 13 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 296 253 46 14 24
LISINOPRIL 259 201 39 15 16
OMEPRAZOLE 256 186 67 16 6
HUMULIN 70-30 256 184 42 16 37
FUROSEMIDE 250 217 44 18 17
ATENOLOL 239 214 34 19 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 233 202 43 20 18
LANTUS 218 173 50 21 28
CLOPIDOGREL 217 197 40 22 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 209 158 53 23 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 184 135 107 24 58
HUMULIN N 172 134 30 25 48
CARVEDILOL 171 154 29 26 22
INSULIN SYRINGE* 167 93 33 27 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 149 119 22 28 15
SERTRALINE HCL 143 138* 29 29 41
PENTOXIFYLLINE 135 108 24 30 66
IRBESARTAN 113 91 17 31 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 88 23 32 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 110 90 14 33 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 94 20 34 36
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 108 89 69 34 44
EVISTA 108 79 21 34 54
CLONIDINE HCL 97 97 13 37 57
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 95 69 25 38 38
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 56 20 39 27
INSULIN SYRINGE* 93 75 26 40 50
GALANTAMINE HBR 92 92 13 41 181
FENOFIBRATE* 87 <11 <11 42 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 85 80* 19 43 46
VERAPAMIL ER 85 68 13 43 42
DIOVAN 84 73 14 45 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 58 18 46 33
LEVETIRACETAM 80 <11 <11 47 150
PREDNISONE 79 74* 28 48 59
CAPTOPRIL 77 66 16 49 68
DIGOX 73 73 11 50 56
TRAMADOL HCL 70 51 36 51 29
ZETIA 69 58 18 52 76
FAMOTIDINE* 65 60* 15 53 35
SURE COMFORT* 63 58* 14 54 94
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 <11 <11 54 43
BACLOFEN 63 29 36 54 113
NABUMETONE 63 30 18 54 39
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 62 57* 41 58 151
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 <11 <11 59 191
ALLOPURINOL 59 <11 <11 59 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 53* 12 61 73
INSULIN SYRINGE* 58 45 21 61 50
PHENOBARBITAL 56 <11 <11 R 63 201
FINASTERIDE 55 42 12 64 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 48* 13 65 99
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 51 <11 <11 A 66 125
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 50 45* 16 67 100
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 Dec. 18, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.