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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,373Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 680

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 680

437 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

7% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 437 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 20,408 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 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 854 801 1 2
NAMENDA 775 762 2 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 688 583 3 20
FUROSEMIDE 658 608 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 599 551 5 1
NEXIUM 565 524 6 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 558 544 7 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 528 484 8 14
LISINOPRIL 501 442 9 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 469 451 10 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 463 437 11 12
OMEPRAZOLE 456 402 12 7
SIMVASTATIN 396 361 13 3
MIRTAZAPINE 392 392 14 78
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 318 293 15 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 304 275 16 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291 218 S3 17 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 286 273 18 10
SERTRALINE HCL 269 221 19 28
RANITIDINE HCL 266 257 20 56
CYMBALTA 265 256 21 46
GABAPENTIN 237 204 22 15
TRAMADOL HCL 218 205 23 18
METFORMIN HCL 218 197 23 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 211 198 25 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 209 206 26 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 203 183 27 11
OLANZAPINE 188 185 28 116
CLOPIDOGREL 182 152 29 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 131 30 34
RISPERIDONE 160 148 31 80
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 157 147 32 32
DIGOXIN 155 155 33 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 147 119 34 110
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 145 135 35 30
JANTOVEN 141 141 36 147
SEROQUEL 140 128 37 123
NOVOLIN R 140 131 37 113
KLOR-CON M20 140 134 37 61
EXELON 137 137 40 112
BUMETANIDE 128 114 41 102
PLAVIX 126 110 42 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 124 116 43 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 123 44 59
KLOR-CON M10 120 108 45 127
DIOVAN 118 108 46 31
CARVEDILOL 117 107 47 23
MEGESTROL ACETATE 115 111 R 48 88
LANTUS 113 97 49 49
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 99 50 9
ATENOLOL 110 102 50 19
GLYBURIDE 108 108 R 52 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 97 53 57
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 102 102 54 189
HALOPERIDOL 99 99 55 193
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 92 85 56 117
FLUOXETINE HCL 90 52 57 74
SANTYL 89 86 58 170
LOVASTATIN 87 87 59 44
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 87 55 59 294
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 86 62 61 115
LACTULOSE 86 79 61 92
TAMIFLU 81 81 63 316
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 53 R 64 96
CLONIDINE HCL 77 65 64 36
TRAZODONE HCL 76 49 66 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 65 67 182
HUMULIN R 70 54 68 195
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 68 69 101
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 69 69 84
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 53 69 71
LATANOPROST 69 69 69 209
LEXAPRO 68 62 73 128
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 59 74 144
GLIPIZIDE 66 66 74 63
AMIODARONE HCL 65 65 76 158
ALLOPURINOL 65 64 76 33
LEVETIRACETAM 65 53 76 120
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 48 76 17
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 63 63 80 248
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 61 55 81 124
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 61 49 81 154
CRESTOR 61 49 81 25
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 60 84 73
PREDNISONE 59 52 85 50
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 54 85 207
NOVOLOG 58 45 87 167
CILOSTAZOL 58 57 87 230
LABETALOL HCL 57 57 89 158
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 57 46 89 95
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 56 91 21
RAMIPRIL 55 54 92 69
CLONIDINE 55 45 92 284
AZITHROMYCIN 54 54 94 42
TIMOLOL MALEATE 54 54 94 337
FINASTERIDE 54 50 94 109
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 54 94 65
ERYTHROMYCIN 53 51 98 391
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 53 98 41
TRICOR 53 50 98 98
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 48 101 94
NAPROXEN 50 49 102 121
CAPTOPRIL 50 50 102 257
HUMALOG 50 50 102 196
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 May 27, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.