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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,747Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 14

$408K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 14

341 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

15% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,428 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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.

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
FUROSEMIDE 356 291 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 333 306 2 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 262 257 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 211 176 4 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 204 172 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 197 147 6 5
GABAPENTIN 196 165 7 8
LISINOPRIL 188 171 8 2
NAMENDA 186 185 9 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 174 137 10 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 158 138 11 7
CYMBALTA 154 138 12 33
MIRTAZAPINE 140 126 13 13
KLOR-CON M20 134 109 14 35
TRAZODONE HCL 133 126 15 16
LANTUS 124 93 16 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 91 17 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 112 103 18 12
METFORMIN HCL 107 98 19 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 107 80 19 23
KLOR-CON M10 103 85 21 46
NOVOLOG 93 73 22 38
PREDNISONE 87 60 23 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 82 24 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 76 25 29
FAMOTIDINE 78 50 26 41
CARVEDILOL 73 57 27 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 62 S3 28 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72 57 28 26
RISPERIDONE 67 54 30 22
ATENOLOL 66 66 31 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 64 32 20
SERTRALINE HCL 63 57 33 18
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 62 36 34 85
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 58 47 35 54
MELOXICAM 58 41 35 28
FINASTERIDE 56 56 37 45
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 48 38 77
NOVOLIN 70-30 53 50 39 145
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 38 40 56
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 »

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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.
  • 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 May 31, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.