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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,765Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 85 out of 559

$280K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 136 out of 559

404 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

3% of this provider’s 404 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 404 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 5,160 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

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 491 409 1 2
LISINOPRIL 391 339 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 300 221 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 202 143 4 5
AZITHROMYCIN 165 124 5 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 150 91 S3 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 123 109 7 11
MELOXICAM 120 84 8 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 97 9 8
PREDNISONE 117 102 10 49
GABAPENTIN 104 62 11 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 101 100 12 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 96 82 13 35
OMEPRAZOLE 93 45 14 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 68 15 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 80 15 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 73 17 13
ATENOLOL 77 60 18 15
CARVEDILOL 73 42 19 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 65 19 16
GLYBURIDE 72 61 R 21 45
SERTRALINE HCL 69 39 22 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 69 57 22 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 64 24 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 48 25 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL 61 58 26 234
RANITIDINE HCL 58 43 27 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 55 27 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 58 45 27 12
LOVASTATIN 55 36 30 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 33 31 41
IBUPROFEN 54 0 31 30
GLIPIZIDE 50 29 33 31
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 Aug. 27, 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.