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Prescriber Checkup

WALTER ROBINSON MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,176Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 229

$800K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 229

650 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

10% of this provider’s 650 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 650 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,697 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 486 428 1 1
LISINOPRIL 455 397 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 424 373 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 380 258 S3 4 7
METFORMIN HCL 296 250 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 261 234 6 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 234 218 7 20
FUROSEMIDE 203 177 8 8
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 174 136 9 102
LOVASTATIN 147 131 10 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 119 10 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 143 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 128 13 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 134 14 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 135 118 15 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 132 124 16 5
MELOXICAM 132 116 16 45
TRAMADOL HCL 131 120 18 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 106 19 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 107 20 16
GABAPENTIN 121 76 21 10
ALLOPURINOL 120 102 22 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 81 23 23
PREDNISONE 104 67 24 35
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 83 25 89
DIOVAN 101 92 26 42
ATENOLOL 100 76 27 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 96 91 28 21
FENOFIBRATE 94 82 29 68
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 93 45 S2 30 73
ESTRADIOL 88 65 R 31 138
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 49 S2 32 43
KLOR-CON M20 86 82 33 91
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 76 34 12
CLONIDINE HCL 82 63 35 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 70 36 56
OXYCODONE HCL 80 38 S2 37 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 41 38 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 55 38 15
NEXIUM 78 59 40 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 53 41 51
JANUVIA 75 63 42 59
PAROXETINE HCL 75 62 42 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 35 44 41
CLOPIDOGREL 72 66 45 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 70 70 46 63
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 70 60 46 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 54 48 33
PREMARIN 67 46 R 49 101
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 53 50 58
VYTORIN 64 63 51 178
TRAZODONE HCL 64 36 51 34
DIOVAN HCT 64 64 51 114
SERTRALINE HCL 63 37 54 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 63 63 54 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 41 R 54 66
CARVEDILOL 61 42 57 31
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 26 R 57 75
LANTUS 60 57 59 40
NAPROXEN 60 46 59 94
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 57 59 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 55 62 65
GLIPIZIDE 58 40 63 36
CELEBREX 58 58 63 71
PROAIR HFA 57 31 65 38
FENTANYL 56 39 S2 66 108
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 44 66 112
CEPHALEXIN 55 44 68 87
CRESTOR 55 40 68 30
CARISOPRODOL 55 33 R 68 104
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.