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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,266Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 300

$658K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 300

269 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

14% of this provider’s 269 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,535 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$105 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $81 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 373 265 1 2
LABETALOL HCL 264 170 2 238
SIMVASTATIN 245 195 3 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 160 4 20
NEXIUM 210 141 5 17
NIFEDIPINE ER 149 115 6 120
RENVELA 148 68 7 225
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 129 8 14
FUROSEMIDE 126 102 9 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 56 S3 10 1
NIFEDIAC CC 109 73 11 348
CRESTOR 102 92 12 26
LISINOPRIL 94 60 13 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 88 77 14 9
ALLOPURINOL 88 75 14 44
RAMIPRIL 87 51 16 63
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 85 85 17 6
OMEPRAZOLE 83 57 18 11
LOVAZA 81 81 19 129
CARVEDILOL 79 68 20 12
METFORMIN HCL 77 29 21 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 74 66 22 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 31 22 13
DIOVAN 72 46 24 46
GABAPENTIN 68 34 25 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 44 25 78
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 61 46 27 83
ZEMPLAR 60 60 28 289
SENSIPAR 59 17 29 336
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 49 30 57
CLOPIDOGREL 56 41 30 18
TORSEMIDE 54 50 32 188
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 33 33 29
ACTONEL 52 41 34 266
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 50 35 8
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 Aug. 24, 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.