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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 559

$430K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 559

354 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

12% of this provider’s 354 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 354 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,288 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 396 308 1 2
LISINOPRIL 314 251 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 243 201 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 228 127 S3 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 210 189 5 6
GABAPENTIN 210 131 5 9
FUROSEMIDE 199 179 7 11
METFORMIN HCL 193 130 8 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 178 93 9 17
OMEPRAZOLE 169 121 10 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 146 118 11 35
SERTRALINE HCL 141 122 12 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 87 13 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 93 13 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 88 15 12
MELOXICAM 104 71 16 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 99 99 17 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 94 18 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 90 19 21
CARVEDILOL 95 81 20 38
TRAMADOL HCL 90 65 21 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 85 78 22 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 85 85 22 36
RISPERIDONE 81 80 24 91
WARFARIN SODIUM 79 76 25 24
NEXIUM 78 68 26 57
ATENOLOL 77 70 27 15
LOVASTATIN 69 58 28 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 46 29 37
PROAIR HFA 68 42 29 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 58 31 74
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 54 32 20
DIGOXIN 64 63 33 94
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 54 34 41
MIRTAZAPINE 59 47 35 61
CLOPIDOGREL 57 48 36 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 43 37 60
TRAZODONE HCL 54 42 37 28
LEVETIRACETAM 54 32 37 149
NITROFURANTOIN 52 50 40 160
LAMOTRIGINE 50 33 41 264
RANITIDINE HCL 50 30 41 26
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 Sept. 24, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.