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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,593Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 229

$850K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 229

575 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

9% of this provider’s 575 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 575 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 11,496 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 736 657 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 488 439 2 5
LISINOPRIL 395 353 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 372 365 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 332 305 5 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 330 314 6 13
GABAPENTIN 293 241 7 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 293 263 S3 7 7
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 282 230 9 23
METFORMIN HCL 269 233 10 6
FUROSEMIDE 244 210 11 8
LACTULOSE 206 141 12 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 167 13 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 177 157 14 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 169 138 15 21
ATENOLOL 167 163 16 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 161 135 17 14
PREDNISONE 153 127 18 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 128 19 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 127 122 20 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 113 21 24
LOVASTATIN 122 97 22 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 99 22 18
LYRICA 118 71 24 100
SYNTHROID 117 108 25 46
TRAMADOL HCL 112 112 26 26
MELOXICAM 111 68 27 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 111 104 27 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 91 29 15
VOLTAREN 106 102 30 232
ALLOPURINOL 100 85 31 27
CYMBALTA 97 70 32 64
SERTRALINE HCL 93 90 33 22
GLIPIZIDE ER 92 87 34 81
CRESTOR 92 92 34 30
CELEBREX 89 68 36 71
SINGULAIR 86 52 37 119
FAMOTIDINE 83 61 38 84
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 58 39 28
NEXIUM 79 41 40 48
METHIMAZOLE 78 65 41 200
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 77 71 42 138
OXYCODONE HCL 74 29 S2 43 37
METHOCARBAMOL 73 59 R 44 137
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 57 45 47
CLOPIDOGREL 70 63 45 44
CARVEDILOL 69 51 47 31
METFORMIN HCL ER 68 55 48 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 49 49 51
LANTUS 67 60 49 40
MIRTAZAPINE 66 66 51 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66 53 51 20
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 64 53 86
PLAVIX 61 58 54 72
COMBIVENT 60 38 55 198
ESTRADIOL 59 42 R 56 138
PREMARIN 59 56 R 56 101
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 39 56 272
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 58 59 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 51 60 97
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 50 61 78
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 37 61 102
ACTOS 55 46 61 105
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 29 S2 64 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 40 65 33
PRENATAL PLUS 53 50 65 234
EVISTA 50 50 67 106
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 44 67 98
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 Jan. 8, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.