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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,333Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 680

$1.72M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 680

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 612 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 16,468 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 617 488 1 1
LISINOPRIL 611 469 2 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 520 409 3 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 519 382 4 10
METFORMIN HCL 448 340 5 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 407 298 6 2
FUROSEMIDE 405 322 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 380 302 8 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 353 320 9 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 349 252 10 64
SIMVASTATIN 344 253 11 3
OMEPRAZOLE 327 270 12 7
RISPERIDONE 320 257 13 80
NAMENDA 292 270 14 35
GABAPENTIN 280 189 15 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 280 214 15 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 273 183 17 110
JANUVIA 263 203 18 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 263 220 18 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 262 215 20 9
LANTUS 250 145 21 49
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 248 182 S3 22 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 242 187 23 11
CRESTOR 242 196 23 25
SEROQUEL 205 162 25 123
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 157 26 17
CLONIDINE HCL 200 129 27 36
LACTULOSE 197 138 28 92
NOVOLOG 194 137 29 167
BENAZEPRIL HCL 190 141 30 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 189 127 31 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 186 122 32 74
SERTRALINE HCL 184 149 33 28
CYMBALTA 183 140 34 46
NOVOLIN R 179 153 35 113
RANITIDINE HCL 175 144 36 56
CLOPIDOGREL 171 132 37 26
TRAMADOL HCL 166 100 38 18
JANTOVEN 162 117 39 147
MELOXICAM 159 138 40 24
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 158 120 R 41 137
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152 117 42 13
DIOVAN 151 110 43 31
CARVEDILOL 146 86 44 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 145 121 45 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 144 118 46 53
HUMULIN R 138 86 47 195
MIRTAZAPINE 132 97 48 78
LEVETIRACETAM 132 56 48 120
HYDRALAZINE HCL 128 99 50 71
TRAZODONE HCL 126 54 51 48
HALOPERIDOL 126 25 51 193
AZITHROMYCIN 123 68 53 42
BUSPIRONE HCL 123 100 53 144
CITALOPRAM HBR 123 77 53 22
LIDODERM 117 97 56 221
PLAVIX 114 85 57 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 112 105 58 117
KLOR-CON M20 111 86 59 61
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 106 52 S3 60 175
VALPROIC ACID 105 83 61 254
NEXIUM 103 59 62 16
CLONIDINE 102 90 63 284
NIASPAN 102 91 63 181
OLANZAPINE 99 86 65 116
MEGESTROL ACETATE 97 94 R 66 88
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 93 67 21
TRAVATAN Z 94 78 68 266
ATENOLOL 92 83 69 19
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 92 56 69 148
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 81 71 59
ABILIFY 91 69 71 178
GLIMEPIRIDE 90 53 73 29
EXELON 90 72 73 112
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 73 75 62
ALLOPURINOL 83 70 76 33
NATEGLINIDE 83 52 76 224
SPIRIVA 81 68 78 70
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 80 68 79 118
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 80 59 79 227
GLIPIZIDE 79 36 81 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 51 82 101
LEXAPRO 78 58 82 128
FINASTERIDE 74 59 84 109
PAROXETINE HCL 74 65 84 76
IBUPROFEN 72 46 86 126
PREDNISONE 71 59 87 50
LOVAZA 71 48 87 119
ALPRAZOLAM 70 31 89 72
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 69 55 90 229
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 69 68 90 260
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 49 92 41
DIGOXIN 66 55 92 58
AVODART 66 54 92 218
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 65 63 95 154
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 34 95 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 64 48 97 129
BYSTOLIC 63 54 98 79
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 59 36 99 52
GLYBURIDE 59 55 R 99 85
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 59 39 99 294
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 26 102 94
NIFEDIPINE ER 56 44 103 75
HUMALOG 56 16 103 196
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 31 R 105 81
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 48 106 115
COLCRYS 51 38 107 166
GEMFIBROZIL 50 23 108 106
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 Sept. 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.