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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,539Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 229

$879K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 229

690 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

5% of this provider’s 690 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 690 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 12,313 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 804 713 1 1
LISINOPRIL 705 625 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 627 567 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 540 480 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 487 451 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 416 319 S3 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 338 265 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 277 241 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 275 260 9 15
GABAPENTIN 257 214 10 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 240 169 11 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 206 12 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 194 186 13 33
GLIPIZIDE 187 181 14 36
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 175 141 15 112
IBUPROFEN 166 132 16 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 157 116 17 58
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 151 131 18 18
LANTUS 150 120 19 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 144 139 20 78
MELOXICAM 129 114 21 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127 107 22 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 124 113 23 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 118 85 24 98
TRAMADOL HCL 112 65 25 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 99 26 16
RANITIDINE HCL 107 77 27 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 107 27 29
SYNTHROID 104 101 29 46
CLOPIDOGREL 104 94 29 44
GLYBURIDE 102 91 R 31 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 97 32 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 96 80 33 17
ATENOLOL 95 83 34 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 84 34 12
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 93 89 36 80
PLAVIX 91 80 37 72
LOVASTATIN 91 73 37 11
CARVEDILOL 91 70 37 31
PREDNISONE 90 74 40 35
MECLIZINE HCL 90 86 40 131
PROAIR HFA 90 47 40 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 87 72 43 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 78 44 175
ALLOPURINOL 86 68 44 27
SERTRALINE HCL 84 61 46 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 82 79 47 21
AZITHROMYCIN 81 64 48 53
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 79 74 R 49 249
EVISTA 76 76 50 106
CRESTOR 74 66 51 30
DIOVAN 71 64 52 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 59 53 23
ALPRAZOLAM 65 55 54 133
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 47 54 111
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 62 56 28
GLIPIZIDE ER 60 53 57 81
KLOR-CON M20 59 56 58 91
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 58 52 59 171
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 52 60 83
TRICOR 56 46 61 176
NEXIUM 55 42 62 48
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 33 R 63 147
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 37 63 47
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 37 S2 63 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 50 63 89
LYRICA 52 41 67 100
BENICAR 50 49 68 148
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 June 24, 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.