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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,321Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 247

$400K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 247

638 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in New Mexico
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New Mexico
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 464 387 134 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 293 265 92 2 3
LISINOPRIL 290 262 114 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 196 73 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 207 153 65 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 198 164 41 S3 6 7
GABAPENTIN 165 103 45 7 11
METFORMIN HCL 140 112 47 8 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 135 111 36 9 13
LOVASTATIN 130 102 40 10 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 121* 50 11 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 117* 38 12 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 100 46 13 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 93 28 14 8
ATENOLOL 101 96* 33 15 20
TRAMADOL HCL 101 66 27 15 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 89 31 17 14
TRAZODONE HCL 89 48 20 17 32
FUROSEMIDE 88 83* 40 19 9
FLUOXETINE HCL 88 73 30 19 49
MELOXICAM 80 30 29 21 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 65 38 22 19
MIRTAZAPINE 73 73 16 23 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 48 24 24 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 70 65* 15 25 33
IBUPROFEN 68 39 24 26 50
SERTRALINE HCL 65 52 21 27 24
PROAIR HFA 62 39 19 28 41
ALLOPURINOL 62 62 18 28 30
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 56* 13 30 104
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 61 49 17 30 23
JANUVIA 61 <11 <11 30 48
LORAZEPAM 59 54* 20 B 33 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 41 16 34 34
OXYCODONE HCL 56 37 19 S2 35 36
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 50* 17 S2 36 54
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 54 13 37 99
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 48* 23 38 65
FENTANYL 51 <11 <11 S2 39 91
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 38 15 40 63
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Sept. 22, 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.