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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,619Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 15

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 15

870 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

3% of this provider’s 870 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,821 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$159 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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
SYNTHROID 511 442 1 51
PEN NEEDLE 472 370 2 65
HUMALOG 401 278 3 74
INSULIN SYRINGE 397 318 4 63
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 329 240 5 1
LANTUS 326 235 6 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 322 233 7 56
METFORMIN HCL 315 231 8 7
NOVOLOG 199 144 9 59
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 162 131 10 109
GLIMEPIRIDE 141 106 11 52
SIMVASTATIN 132 99 12 6
JANUVIA 127 111 13 121
CRESTOR 126 91 14 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 126 99 14 38
JANUMET 110 81 16 150
ONGLYZA 107 88 17 152
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 103 77 18 3
LOVAZA 94 35 19 160
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 75 20 23
TRADJENTA 92 84 21 163
LISINOPRIL 91 54 22 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 72 23 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 59 24 48
FUROSEMIDE 68 36 25 2
GLYBURIDE 67 51 R 26 133
HYDROCORTISONE 67 38 26 184
CALCITONIN-SALMON 65 65 28 187
GLIPIZIDE 62 51 29 45
GABAPENTIN 62 40 29 21
GLUCAGON EMERGENCY KIT 59 42 31 200
LOVASTATIN 55 38 32 90
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 54 35 33 151
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 53 33 34 10
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 April 23, 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.