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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,633Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 163 out of 711

$678K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 212 out of 711

1,005 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

9% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Louisiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

17% of this provider’s 1,005 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 29%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 951 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 1,005 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$591K

2012

$602K

2013

$637K

2014

$678K

2015

Number of Claims

9,731

2012

10,399

2013

11,158

2014

13,633

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

979

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

932

prescriptions.

176

patients, 18% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

718

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

683

prescriptions.

150

patients, 15% of all patients

2 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

683

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

657

prescriptions.

154

patients, 15% of all patients

3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

671

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

625

prescriptions.

136

patients, 14% of all patients

4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

611

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

593

prescriptions.

123

patients, 12% of all patients

5 10
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

409

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

381

prescriptions.

78

patients, 8% of all patients

6 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

370

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

72

patients, 7% of all patients

7 13
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

8 25
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

62

patients, 6% of all patients

9 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

59

patients, 6% of all patients

10 14
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

11 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

12 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

13 17
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

14 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

15 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

16 18
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

Used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

17 109
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

18 24
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

19 44
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

20 26
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

21 81
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

22 23
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

23 40
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

24 89
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

25 15
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

26 32
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

27 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

28 37
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

29 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

R 29 38
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

29 33
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

32 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

33 43
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

34 46
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

35 95
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 58
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

36 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

38 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

39 30
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

40 65
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

O 41 9
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

42 22
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

43 35
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

44 16
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

45 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

45 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

47 82
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 48 167
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

49 21
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

50 42
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

51 97
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 52 74
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

Benazepril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

52 49
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 54 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

A 54 68
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

54 83
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

A 57 119
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

58 51
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. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Aug. 7, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.