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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,982Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 229

$907 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 228 out of 229

372 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

24% of this provider’s 372 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 372 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,971 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

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

62 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 1,293 1,239 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,190 1,174 2 8
LISINOPRIL 959 946 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 898 884 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 852 831 5 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 740 727 6 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 681 676 7 18
GABAPENTIN 605 541 8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 488 484 9 5
METFORMIN HCL 458 426 10 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 429 429 S3 11 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 406 381 12 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 382 382 13 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 376 364 14 13
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 337 324 15 80
TRAZODONE HCL 312 260 16 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 312 312 16 99
MIRTAZAPINE 309 297 18 52
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 303 271 19 82
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 287 276 20 16
CARVEDILOL 267 255 21 31
LOVASTATIN 251 239 22 11
SERTRALINE HCL 251 247 22 22
NAMENDA 229 229 24 39
PAROXETINE HCL 214 156 25 49
CEPHALEXIN 211 209 26 87
RISPERIDONE 209 202 27 95
OLANZAPINE 209 209 27 109
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 200 29 9
CYMBALTA 200 186 29 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 197 197 31 24
ROPINIROLE HCL 189 183 32 96
CLOPIDOGREL 187 187 33 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 185 185 34 56
PREDNISONE 182 178 35 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 174 174 36 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165 165 37 15
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 150 150 38 89
AGGRENOX 145 145 39 157
RANITIDINE HCL 137 137 40 32
GLIPIZIDE XL 128 128 41 134
ABILIFY 128 128 41 189
DETROL LA 126 126 43 125
ATENOLOL 124 124 44 19
METFORMIN HCL ER 123 67 45 77
PLAVIX 121 121 46 72
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 120 115 47 132
FINASTERIDE 120 120 47 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 119 111 49 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 118 50 12
CELEBREX 116 116 51 71
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 111 95 52 90
FLUOXETINE HCL 109 92 53 41
CLONIDINE HCL 108 108 54 69
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 106 102 55 97
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 104 104 56 148
GLIPIZIDE 101 101 57 36
TRICOR 101 101 57 176
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 96 74 59 85
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 86 60 47
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 84 84 61 184
DIGOXIN 83 83 62 92
HYDRALAZINE HCL 80 80 63 78
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 76 76 64 158
NEXIUM 75 26 65 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 71 65 28
OXYCONTIN 71 67 S2 67 88
FAMOTIDINE 71 71 67 84
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 70 69 122
NITROFURANTOIN 68 68 70 259
IBUPROFEN 68 14 70 60
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 66 65 72 102
MECLIZINE HCL 65 65 73 131
LIDODERM 65 53 73 218
VENTOLIN HFA 64 58 75 181
LANTUS 63 54 76 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL 62 62 77 145
CILOSTAZOL 62 62 77 266
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 60 77 23
HYDROXYZINE HCL 61 61 R 80 165
TRAMADOL HCL 60 54 81 26
PRAZOSIN HCL 59 59 82 201
LYRICA 58 58 83 100
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 53 84 14
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 56 56 85 199
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 48 S2 86 43
LUMIGAN 54 54 87 287
GEMFIBROZIL 53 53 88 62
NIASPAN 53 53 88 166
ALLOPURINOL 52 52 90 27
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 90 293
BACLOFEN 51 39 92 107
NABUMETONE 51 51 92 144
PRIMIDONE 50 50 94 308
SINGULAIR 50 49 94 119
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.