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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,185Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 12

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 12

1,183 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,183 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 1,183 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 19,812 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 1,000 909 1 1
LISINOPRIL 959 851 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 750 657 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 741 662 4 4
TRAZODONE HCL 734 693 5 8
METFORMIN HCL 596 520 6 14
NAMENDA 539 513 7 13
FUROSEMIDE 530 482 8 6
MIRTAZAPINE 510 471 9 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 423 380 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 410 342 11 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 392 373 12 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 386 371 13 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 361 344 14 5
GABAPENTIN 347 286 15 17
TRAMADOL HCL 326 299 16 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 278 259 17 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 233 197 18 16
SERTRALINE HCL 227 199 19 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 225 199 20 33
CARVEDILOL 215 201 21 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 207 22 27
ATENOLOL 207 192 23 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 200 179 24 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 196 154 25 29
GENERLAC 193 178 26 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 183 182 27 23
RISPERIDONE 179 144 28 25
JANUVIA 172 159 29 41
EXELON 168 156 30 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 160 31 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156 140 32 26
MELOXICAM 148 128 33 57
CLOPIDOGREL 141 130 34 36
LANTUS 140 120 35 31
KLOR-CON M20 140 137 35 47
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 135 127 37 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 132 124 S3 38 9
LABETALOL HCL 131 107 39 64
DIGOXIN 131 115 39 64
NOVOLIN R 129 112 41 40
SPIRIVA 126 126 42 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 122 121 43 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 112 44 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 116 103 45 49
LEVETIRACETAM 114 72 46 70
LEVOFLOXACIN 113 107 47 71
PLAVIX 113 106 47 53
DIOVAN 107 97 49 38
IBUPROFEN 103 86 50 77
PAROXETINE HCL 102 90 51 39
NIFEDIPINE ER 101 89 52 78
NOVOLOG 99 78 53 79
SPIRONOLACTONE 99 89 53 50
ENULOSE 98 98 55 80
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 97 85 56 46
NYSTATIN 94 92 57 81
LOVASTATIN 93 91 58 30
RANITIDINE HCL 92 88 59 82
KLOR-CON M10 92 73 59 60
PREDNISONE 92 85 59 58
CLONIDINE HCL 92 73 59 82
GLIPIZIDE 92 82 59 56
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 88 84 64 85
ALLOPURINOL 83 71 65 51
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 70 66 86
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 71 66 86
SYNTHROID 78 74 68 52
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 58 69 89
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 57 70 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 73 70 20
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 72 64 72 90
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 56 73 91
CYMBALTA 69 54 74 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 68 68 75 92
LEVEMIR 67 31 76 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 55 77 69
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 65 54 78 94
GEMFIBROZIL 65 50 78 94
BACLOFEN 64 43 80 96
LEXAPRO 63 50 81 97
GLYBURIDE 62 62 R 82 98
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 57 R 83 99
CRESTOR 60 50 84 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 55 85 100
PROAIR HFA 57 53 86 63
CELEBREX 56 56 87 68
FINASTERIDE 54 49 88 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 46 88 62
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 54 54 88 103
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 38 88 103
FAMOTIDINE 54 52 88 103
AZITHROMYCIN 50 46 93 66
ZETIA 50 47 93 72
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 12, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.