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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,242Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 680

$1.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 680

1,650 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 1,650 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 21,956 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Louisiana
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 851 786 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 819 731 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 789 666 S3 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 786 721 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 719 630 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 605 559 6 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 548 479 7 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 530 502 8 10
ALPRAZOLAM 492 431 9 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 434 383 10 41
METFORMIN HCL 429 397 11 8
LISINOPRIL 420 372 12 5
LORAZEPAM 410 390 13 125
TRAMADOL HCL 408 389 14 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 406 369 15 11
AZITHROMYCIN 392 346 16 42
FUROSEMIDE 358 330 17 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 329 294 18 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 286 278 19 43
MELOXICAM 283 259 20 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 280 266 21 14
NEXIUM 266 220 22 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 265 262 23 32
GABAPENTIN 256 238 24 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 253 225 25 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 237 228 26 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 228 220 27 34
DIOVAN 221 190 28 31
ALLOPURINOL 218 204 29 33
ATENOLOL 211 200 30 19
BUMETANIDE 189 185 31 102
DONEPEZIL HCL 185 185 32 27
GLYBURIDE 184 180 R 33 85
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 184 183 33 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 155 35 37
CLOPIDOGREL 175 155 35 26
TEMAZEPAM 175 159 35 155
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 172 148 38 13
SYNTHROID 166 159 39 38
DIOVAN HCT 163 136 40 55
PLAVIX 154 137 41 39
LOVASTATIN 152 139 42 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 150 136 43 86
DIGOXIN 145 143 44 58
GEMFIBROZIL 141 124 45 106
CITALOPRAM HBR 140 120 46 22
MECLIZINE HCL 137 136 47 103
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 133 122 48 57
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 106 49 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 104 50 45
VERAPAMIL ER 123 118 51 100
NAMENDA 123 123 51 35
TIZANIDINE HCL 121 102 53 140
GLIMEPIRIDE 120 113 54 29
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 120 99 R 54 107
WARFARIN SODIUM 114 110 56 20
PAROXETINE HCL 107 87 57 76
DICYCLOMINE HCL 102 97 58 278
JANUVIA 102 83 58 60
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 100 90 60 94
SERTRALINE HCL 95 89 61 28
RANITIDINE HCL 93 85 62 56
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 87 63 164
FENOFIBRATE 91 80 63 66
TERAZOSIN HCL 88 88 65 180
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 87 76 66 93
CELEBREX 85 81 67 90
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE 82 80 R 68 346
DIAZEPAM 81 69 69 188
IRBESARTAN 81 81 69 247
ROPINIROLE HCL 80 49 71 99
SPIRIVA 77 62 72 70
CARVEDILOL 74 66 73 23
CYMBALTA 72 67 74 46
GLIPIZIDE 72 63 74 63
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 70 67 76 291
SINGULAIR 69 60 77 91
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 61 78 52
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 65 78 53
ENABLEX 65 65 80 217
VIAGRA 64 60 81 214
CRESTOR 63 55 82 25
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 37 82 74
PROAIR HFA 62 51 84 67
CARTIA XT 62 62 84 307
EXFORGE 61 50 86 151
BENICAR HCT 61 52 86 150
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM 61 54 86 428
AVAPRO 60 47 89 329
COLCRYS 60 59 89 166
PREMARIN 60 52 R 89 105
LIPITOR 58 56 92 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 58 58 92 62
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 47 94 59
ONGLYZA 55 50 94 136
LANTUS 55 36 94 49
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 49 97 184
MUPIROCIN 51 49 98 130
EVISTA 51 49 98 135
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 51 37 98 216
BENICAR 50 40 101 131
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 April 2, 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.