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RUSSELL SCHULTZ MD

8300 CONSTITUTION AVE NE PALLIATIVE CARE CONSULTATION SERVICE

Albuquerque | New Mexico | 87110

(505) 559-1133

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,331Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 229

$816K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 229

1,113 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
6% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,113 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,113 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 11,664 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 789 776 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 520 494 2 3
LISINOPRIL 500 479 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 325 296 4 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 277 266 5 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 260 252 6 12
METFORMIN HCL 255 245 7 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 254 216 S3 8 7
ATENOLOL 250 247 9 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 231 225 10 5
TRAZODONE HCL 231 227 10 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 210 208 12 24
LOVASTATIN 208 208 13 11
GABAPENTIN 198 169 14 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 192 185 15 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 189 185 16 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 184 175 17 17
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 178 178 18 51
FUROSEMIDE 160 155 19 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158 158 20 16
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 151 148 21 80
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 150 134 22 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 135 120 23 14
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 122 113 24 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 109 25 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 109 26 25
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 111 100 27 191
PROAIR HFA 106 101 28 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 103 103 29 29
GEMFIBROZIL 100 91 30 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 87 30 20
MELOXICAM 96 89 32 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 95 95 33 13
CRESTOR 95 90 33 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 86 35 28
FINASTERIDE 91 91 36 55
BUPROPION HCL SR 88 84 37 121
SERTRALINE HCL 86 84 38 22
ALLOPURINOL 86 85 38 27
TRAMADOL HCL 86 78 38 26
AZITHROMYCIN 85 79 41 53
NAMENDA 84 84 42 39
RANITIDINE HCL 76 62 43 32
SYNTHROID 72 72 44 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 63 45 18
OXYCODONE HCL 68 56 S2 45 37
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 52 S2 45 43
JANUVIA 66 63 48 59
MIRTAZAPINE 66 66 48 52
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 61 60 50 214
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 60 50 58
VYTORIN 58 54 52 178
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 57 29 S2 53 70
PLAVIX 55 52 54 72
PEN NEEDLE 55 52 54 110
PAROXETINE HCL 53 51 56 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 41 56 56
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 47 58 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 51 59 47
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 July 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.