ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

13,722Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 229

$672K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 229

697 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 Average for
this specialty
in New Mexico
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,511 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New Mexico
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 793 610 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 630 371 S3 2 7
LISINOPRIL 496 362 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 444 377 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 358 249 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 355 238 6 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 335 310 7 14
FUROSEMIDE 289 261 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 289 247 8 13
GABAPENTIN 248 174 10 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 230 202 11 5
LOVASTATIN 230 201 11 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 172 13 9
TRAMADOL HCL 202 137 14 26
ATENOLOL 184 167 15 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 182 176 16 24
TRAZODONE HCL 178 131 17 34
FENOFIBRATE 167 113 18 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 165 137 19 18
ALLOPURINOL 156 124 20 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 153 138 21 21
CARISOPRODOL 153 15 R 21 104
MELOXICAM 146 105 23 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 145 64 24 41
CELEBREX 136 102 25 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 133 113 26 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 130 107 27 20
NEXIUM 128 101 28 48
SERTRALINE HCL 116 102 29 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 115 111 30 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 99 30 58
RANITIDINE HCL 112 79 32 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 110 110 33 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 101 34 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 93 34 47
GLIPIZIDE 104 87 36 36
PREDNISONE 104 84 36 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 76 38 15
PAROXETINE HCL 95 77 39 49
NAMENDA 90 85 40 39
CLOPIDOGREL 86 76 41 44
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 84 66 S2 42 174
ALPRAZOLAM 84 72 42 133
CARVEDILOL 83 74 44 31
MIRTAZAPINE 80 63 45 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 77 67 46 120
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 68 47 63
LANTUS 74 53 47 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 74 47 99
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 49 R 50 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 72 57 51 25
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 70 51 52 112
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 61 53 33
CRESTOR 61 47 54 30
DIOVAN 61 42 54 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 55 56 56
PROAIR HFA 58 22 57 38
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 26 S2 58 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 49 58 12
NAPROXEN 53 40 60 94
GLYBURIDE 52 50 R 61 57
PLAVIX 51 46 62 72
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 25 S2 62 73
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 30 S3 62 79
AZITHROMYCIN 51 34 62 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 50 66 98
KLOR-CON M20 50 48 66 91
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 March 11, 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.