ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

33,612Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 680

$2.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 680

1,077 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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 Louisiana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 1,077 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 1,077 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 23,205 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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 Louisiana
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,264 988 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,055 556 S3 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 987 793 3 3
LISINOPRIL 716 483 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 682 527 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 552 415 6 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 552 354 6 9
RISPERIDONE 485 329 8 80
OMEPRAZOLE 475 337 9 7
METFORMIN HCL 455 311 10 8
GABAPENTIN 415 274 11 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 392 243 12 64
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 391 253 13 12
NAMENDA 374 295 14 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 368 217 15 14
NEXIUM 354 212 16 16
CLONIDINE HCL 343 227 17 36
SERTRALINE HCL 326 198 18 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 323 273 19 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 312 263 20 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 307 275 21 29
AZITHROMYCIN 300 218 22 42
CARVEDILOL 296 205 23 23
MEGESTROL ACETATE 291 252 R 24 88
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 288 184 25 17
ATENOLOL 284 237 26 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 277 217 27 45
CLOPIDOGREL 275 187 28 26
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 268 83 R 29 137
FAMOTIDINE 263 240 30 89
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 258 88 31 148
ALLOPURINOL 246 232 32 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 245 211 33 20
LANTUS 244 213 34 49
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 238 122 35 110
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 234 197 36 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 229 159 37 34
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 228 59 S2 38 133
CYMBALTA 225 123 39 46
LACTULOSE 220 154 40 92
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 183 41 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 206 130 42 13
OLANZAPINE 203 121 43 116
MELOXICAM 203 125 43 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 196 145 45 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 196 155 45 30
HALOPERIDOL 195 54 47 193
TRAMADOL HCL 195 125 47 18
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 188 157 49 173
SPIRONOLACTONE 181 90 50 82
CARISOPRODOL 167 12 R 51 83
CRESTOR 166 114 52 25
SEROQUEL 163 99 53 123
DIOVAN 160 139 54 31
OLANZAPINE ODT 160 65 54 334
OXCARBAZEPINE 159 85 56 304
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 157 124 57 93
KLOR-CON M20 150 124 58 61
LEVETIRACETAM 147 60 59 120
LYRICA 144 48 60 77
METOLAZONE 144 111 60 201
PLAVIX 143 112 62 39
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 141 98 63 94
PAROXETINE HCL 137 84 64 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 137 113 64 57
EXELON 136 113 66 112
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 136 87 R 66 81
NOVOLIN R 136 109 66 113
NOVOLOG 135 72 69 167
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 135 68 69 115
ADVAIR DISKUS 134 101 71 53
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 133 120 72 199
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 132 100 73 117
TRICOR 131 65 74 98
NYSTATIN 131 91 74 191
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 130 107 76 118
ROPINIROLE HCL 129 76 77 99
TRAZODONE HCL 128 91 78 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 123 109 79 132
PROMETHAZINE HCL 119 64 R 80 96
MUPIROCIN 117 74 81 130
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 112 75 82 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 78 82 37
SEROQUEL XR 110 40 84 235
KLOR-CON M10 109 87 85 127
SPIRIVA 108 96 86 70
LAMOTRIGINE 108 36 86 263
TORSEMIDE 107 87 88 163
RANITIDINE HCL 107 89 88 56
PREDNISONE 104 75 90 50
VERAPAMIL ER 104 101 90 100
MIRTAZAPINE 104 55 90 78
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 91 93 21
OXYCODONE HCL 101 13 S2 94 187
SYNTHROID 99 86 95 38
DIGOXIN 99 96 95 58
RAMIPRIL 98 45 97 69
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 98 85 R 97 47
LEVEMIR 97 33 99 248
GEMFIBROZIL 95 62 100 106
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 95 83 100 59
LEVOFLOXACIN 94 79 102 97
SINGULAIR 94 63 102 91
LEXAPRO 92 72 104 128
ABILIFY 90 48 105 178
BUPROPION XL 89 56 106 161
FINASTERIDE 86 70 107 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 86 61 107 157
NIFEDIPINE ER 85 59 109 75
HYDRALAZINE HCL 84 43 110 71
IBUPROFEN 84 57 110 126
HUMALOG 82 69 112 196
BENICAR 81 76 113 131
LATANOPROST 81 64 113 209
PROAIR HFA 81 32 113 67
LIDODERM 78 59 116 221
CEFUROXIME 77 61 117 179
FENTANYL 77 71 S2 117 183
VALPROIC ACID 76 55 119 254
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 49 119 41
TRAVATAN Z 74 34 121 266
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 62 121 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 73 62 123 129
ESTRADIOL 71 45 R 124 134
CARBAMAZEPINE 70 33 125 258
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 70 35 125 143
GLYBURIDE 70 65 R 125 85
JANUMET 69 68 128 194
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 55 128 74
BENAZEPRIL HCL 69 31 128 40
COMBIVENT 69 49 128 168
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 47 132 86
LIPITOR 67 57 132 68
RISPERDAL CONSTA 65 0 134 367
CELEBREX 64 48 135 90
DETROL LA 64 30 135 169
JANTOVEN 63 45 137 147
DIOVAN HCT 62 35 138 55
PREMARIN 62 41 R 138 105
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 49 140 51
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 47 141 156
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 47 142 182
FLUCONAZOLE 58 41 142 139
HUMULIN R 58 50 142 195
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 58 14 R 142 433
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 57 46 146 189
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 56 43 147 172
SUCRALFATE 54 37 148 160
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 23 149 101
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 53 40 149 243
LOVASTATIN 53 53 149 44
CEPHALEXIN 53 40 149 149
SANTYL 53 44 149 170
JANUVIA 52 43 154 60
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 52 43 154 154
SOTALOL 52 52 154 226
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 39 157 184
FENOFIBRATE 51 31 157 66
TERAZOSIN HCL 50 44 159 180
BUMETANIDE 50 41 159 102
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 50 41 159 186
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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 Nov. 11, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.