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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,724Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 680

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 680

628 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

2% of this provider’s 628 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 628 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 20,781 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$58 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
SIMVASTATIN 805 728 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 802 746 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 781 692 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 659 610 4 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 643 618 5 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 547 490 6 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 462 422 7 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 380 346 8 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 361 336 9 22
FUROSEMIDE 356 312 10 6
NAMENDA 330 330 11 35
METFORMIN HCL 311 287 12 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 298 292 13 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 294 294 14 27
DIOVAN HCT 291 283 15 55
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 285 224 S3 16 4
LISINOPRIL 270 233 17 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 270 266 17 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 260 232 19 29
EVISTA 248 237 20 135
SPIRONOLACTONE 245 208 21 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 241 204 22 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 229 23 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 235 205 24 12
VYTORIN 234 232 25 152
NEXIUM 229 194 26 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 227 203 27 41
JANTOVEN 215 209 28 147
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 207 186 29 93
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 185 29 156
MELOXICAM 202 187 31 24
TORSEMIDE 199 185 32 163
GABAPENTIN 197 163 33 15
CARVEDILOL 194 175 34 23
AZITHROMYCIN 194 172 34 42
ALLOPURINOL 187 151 36 33
SERTRALINE HCL 177 164 37 28
DIGOXIN 174 164 38 58
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 165 162 39 259
CRESTOR 165 153 39 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 161 155 41 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 160 157 42 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 158 146 43 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 158 43 34
METFORMIN HCL ER 154 110 45 54
EXELON 154 154 45 112
FENOFIBRATE 145 118 47 66
SYNTHROID 144 142 48 38
LOVASTATIN 140 140 49 44
ATENOLOL 140 129 49 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 124 51 53
DIOVAN 127 101 52 31
TRICOR 124 124 53 98
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 119 110 54 62
CYMBALTA 118 89 55 46
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 117 106 56 59
ZETIA 114 98 57 87
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 111 95 58 17
ACTOS 110 81 59 114
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 97 59 30
ROPINIROLE HCL 108 97 61 99
LANTUS 107 107 62 49
JANUVIA 105 104 63 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 103 98 64 57
MIRTAZAPINE 103 103 64 78
ZOSTAVAX 103 100 64 230
LIPITOR 95 84 67 68
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 95 94 67 45
TRAMADOL HCL 94 91 69 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87 69 70 40
MEGESTROL ACETATE 87 87 R 70 88
PREDNISONE 82 64 72 50
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 82 R 72 47
VITAMIN D2 82 82 72 244
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 80 57 R 75 81
KLOR-CON M20 78 78 76 61
FENTANYL 74 59 S2 77 183
ONGLYZA 73 73 78 136
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 72 79 52
JANUMET 72 59 79 194
FE C 70 65 10 81 411
MUPIROCIN 69 68 82 130
CELEBREX 68 63 83 90
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 65 84 143
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 65 84 132
SUCRALFATE 64 61 86 160
AGGRENOX 64 52 86 177
FELODIPINE ER 63 50 88 146
FINASTERIDE 63 63 88 109
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 63 37 88 268
PREMARIN 60 60 R 91 105
CEFUROXIME 59 47 92 179
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 56 92 374
BYSTOLIC 59 59 92 79
LOVAZA 58 58 95 119
DILTIAZEM ER 57 57 96 165
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 56 97 184
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 53 97 164
ACTOPLUS MET 55 47 99 328
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 49 99 95
LABETALOL HCL 55 40 99 158
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 47 102 94
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 36 102 65
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 22 102 115
SOTALOL 50 50 105 226
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 46 105 101
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 Nov. 21, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.