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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

VERONICA ORTIZ RODRIGUEZ M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,407Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 156 out of 1525 providers in this state and specialty

$314K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 268 out of 1525 providers in this state and specialty

290 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

40% of this provider’s 290 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 36%.

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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

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$28 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $38 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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

$252K

2014

$310K

2015

$314K

2016

Number of Claims

10,965

2014

12,000

2015

11,407

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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O

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
SIMVASTATIN 763

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

619

prescriptions.

114

patients, 39% of all patients

1 1
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 733

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

534

prescriptions.

92

patients, 32% of all patients

2 9
METFORMIN HCL 719

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

537

prescriptions.

109

patients, 38% of all patients

3 3
GABAPENTIN 592

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

84

patients, 29% of all patients

4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 477

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

66

patients, 23% of all patients

5 8
RANITIDINE HCL 392

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

68

patients, 23% of all patients

6 4
FUROSEMIDE 392

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

63

patients, 22% of all patients

6 21
SYNTHROID 313

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

43

patients, 15% of all patients

8 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 312

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

46

patients, 16% of all patients

9 14
GLIPIZIDE 286

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

36

patients, 12% of all patients

10 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

45

patients, 16% of all patients

11 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

40

patients, 14% of all patients

12 7
PENTOXIFYLLINE 235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

38

patients, 13% of all patients

13 42
CLOPIDOGREL 234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

32

patients, 11% of all patients

14 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

15 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

32

patients, 11% of all patients

16 10
NABUMETONE 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

37

patients, 13% of all patients

16 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

18 19
IRBESARTAN 189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

19 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

27

patients, 9% of all patients

20 41
ALLOPURINOL 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

30

patients, 10% of all patients

21 68
ATENOLOL 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

22 17
LATANOPROST 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

23 73
FAMOTIDINE* 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

24 39
OMEPRAZOLE 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

25 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

26 26
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

27 24
LANTUS 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

28 29
GEMFIBROZIL 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

29 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

30 25
FINASTERIDE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

31 60
TERAZOSIN HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

32 149
SURE COMFORT* 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

33 98
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

34 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

35 12
MELOXICAM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

36 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

55

patients, 19% of all patients

A 37 46
LISINOPRIL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

37 13
CILOSTAZOL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

39 55
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

39 37
KETOCONAZOLE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 41 101
SURE COMFORT* 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 42 100
NITROSTAT 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

42 265
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 June 28, 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.
  • 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.