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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,113Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 680

$1.44M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 680

620 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

8% of this provider’s 620 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 620 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 13,678 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 642 495 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 602 483 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 508 359 3 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 488 382 4 14
FUROSEMIDE 480 397 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 459 229 S3 6 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 319 264 7 11
GABAPENTIN 268 180 8 15
LISINOPRIL 232 189 9 5
METFORMIN HCL 230 155 10 8
CRESTOR 213 148 11 25
TRAZODONE HCL 213 143 11 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 206 175 13 1
CYMBALTA 200 79 14 46
NEXIUM 199 113 15 16
MELOXICAM 188 127 16 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 153 17 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 170 133 18 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 168 143 19 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 160 133 20 12
CARVEDILOL 156 130 21 23
VERAPAMIL ER 155 137 22 100
CLOPIDOGREL 147 114 23 26
CLONIDINE HCL 146 82 24 36
DIOVAN HCT 143 69 25 55
TRAMADOL HCL 141 107 26 18
PLAVIX 141 113 26 39
ALLOPURINOL 139 104 28 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 137 132 29 27
FAMOTIDINE 136 118 30 89
DOXEPIN HCL 127 81 31 200
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 126 85 32 186
WARFARIN SODIUM 124 111 33 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 123 108 34 22
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 122 79 35 173
LIPITOR 120 67 36 68
SYNTHROID 118 101 37 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 81 38 13
ROPINIROLE HCL 114 67 39 99
FLUOXETINE HCL 113 73 40 74
KLOR-CON M20 112 79 41 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 96 41 51
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 111 43 43 64
NAMENDA 110 107 44 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 109 40 R 45 81
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 89 46 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 79 46 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 65 48 17
LOVAZA 99 50 49 119
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 99 46 49 189
NIASPAN 98 48 51 181
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 96 63 52 93
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 96 55 R 52 47
SERTRALINE HCL 95 88 54 28
ATENOLOL 94 55 55 19
PROAIR HFA 94 35 55 67
TRICOR 93 73 57 98
DIOVAN 92 46 58 31
JANUMET 91 82 59 194
CARISOPRODOL 90 29 R 60 83
SPIRIVA 89 61 61 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 70 62 62
VOLTAREN 84 49 63 253
PAROXETINE HCL 80 73 64 76
BENAZEPRIL HCL 80 64 64 40
LYRICA 80 48 64 77
JANUVIA 79 63 67 60
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 61 68 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 57 68 21
ESTRADIOL 76 48 R 70 134
PRISTIQ ER 75 34 71 241
TRILIPIX 74 19 72 264
FENOFIBRATE 74 38 72 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 44 74 34
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 45 75 97
TORSEMIDE 70 59 76 163
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 70 56 76 138
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 69 48 78 204
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 54 78 32
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 55 80 94
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 43 81 75
PREDNISONE 65 45 82 50
DIGOXIN 64 64 83 58
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 47 83 156
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 63 62 85 182
MECLIZINE HCL 63 36 85 103
AGGRENOX 63 63 85 177
DILTIAZEM ER 63 62 85 165
ABILIFY 60 0 89 178
BACLOFEN 60 25 89 140
PEN NEEDLE 58 38 91 122
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 57 45 92 203
SEROQUEL 57 23 92 123
RAMIPRIL 57 57 92 69
SINGULAIR 57 18 92 91
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 38 96 37
RISPERIDONE 56 54 96 80
CEFUROXIME 56 38 96 179
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 53 99 117
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 50 99 59
AZITHROMYCIN 55 35 99 42
LEXAPRO 52 38 102 128
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 41 102 82
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 22 102 118
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 42 105 52
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 38 105 144
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 43 105 57
LABETALOL HCL 50 21 108 158
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 50 46 108 205
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. 11, 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.