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LUIS VILA-PEREZ M.D.

735 PONCE DE LEON AVE SUITE 507; COND. TORRE DE AUXILIO MUTUO

San juan | Puerto Rico | 00917

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,280Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

$492K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

234 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 143 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

5% of this provider’s 234 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

6% of this provider’s 234 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$150 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $235 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$266K

2014

$398K

2015

$492K

2016

Number of Claims

2,806

2014

3,188

2015

3,280

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
PREDNISONE 500

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

91

patients, 39% of all patients

1 3
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 402

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

62

patients, 26% of all patients

2 5
GABAPENTIN 290

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

60

patients, 26% of all patients

3 1
METHOTREXATE 164

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

25

patients, 11% of all patients

4 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

5 4
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 96

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

36

patients, 15% of all patients

6 6
SIMVASTATIN 89

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

7 23
RANITIDINE HCL 89

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

21

patients, 9% of all patients

7 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

9 37
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

10 39
NABUMETONE 68

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

11 8
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 67

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 12 61
AZATHIOPRINE 58

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 13 63
DULOXETINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

14 13
LYRICA 53

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 15 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. 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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.