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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,948Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 145 out of 340

$196K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 113 out of 340

140 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% 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

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $34 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 216 199 32 1 8
SIMVASTATIN 204 189 37 2 1
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 194 172 24 A 3 80
CLONAZEPAM 190 156 32 B 4 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 164 143 28 5 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 111 31 6 11
NAMENDA 128 123* 22 7 59
CLOPIDOGREL 126 95 21 8 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 121 92 22 9 7
OMEPRAZOLE 116 101 18 10 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 83 15 11 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 113 108* 17 11 39
RANITIDINE HCL 112 90 19 13 4
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 95* 24 14 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 90 70 16 15 3
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 79* 19 16 35
SERTRALINE HCL 82 82 16 17 30
FUROSEMIDE 79 68 15 18 17
METFORMIN HCL 78 64 16 19 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 64* 17 20 25
HALOPERIDOL 67 <11 <11 A 21 172
ATENOLOL 66 <11 <11 22 15
GABAPENTIN 64 59* 15 23 5
PAROXETINE HCL 63 <11 <11 24 77
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 63 <11 <11 R 24 146
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 <11 <11 26 57
RAMIPRIL 55 <11 <11 27 55
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 <11 <11 28 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 <11 <11 29 12
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 Sept. 13, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.