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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,926Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 66

$598K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 66

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
25%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

82% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 1,152 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$101 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $126 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


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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
OXYCODONE HCL 1,335 150 S2 1 3
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 436 81 S2 2 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 412 113 S3 3 2
OXYCONTIN 342 42 S2 4 19
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 209 31 S2 5 36
MORPHINE SULFATE 205 31 S2 6 49
METHADONE HCL 184 18 S2 7 45
GABAPENTIN 144 24 8 4
CARISOPRODOL 144 13 R 8 50
TRAZODONE HCL 93 14 10 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 92 18 11 23
LYRICA 91 0 12 115
PROMETHAZINE HCL 90 31 R 13 117
TIZANIDINE HCL 88 37 14 120
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 83 26 S2 15 91
FENTANYL 79 39 S2 16 125
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 21 R 17 36
OPANA ER 68 0 S2 18 140
IBUPROFEN 68 19 18 140
OMEPRAZOLE 66 27 20 1
CYMBALTA 63 13 21 46
ZALEPLON 63 0 21 146
HYDROXYZINE HCL 57 0 R 23 160
SERTRALINE HCL 53 15 24 31
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 0 R 25 170
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 Feb. 8, 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.