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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,498Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 680

$948K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 680

554 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

3% of this provider’s 554 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 554 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 13,415 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 785 465 S3 1 4
GABAPENTIN 551 347 2 15
SIMVASTATIN 541 395 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 525 356 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 508 381 5 6
LISINOPRIL 488 322 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 479 349 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 431 322 8 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 428 349 9 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 422 297 10 14
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 398 263 11 57
NEXIUM 360 232 12 16
METFORMIN HCL 342 221 13 8
ALLOPURINOL 331 254 14 33
TRAMADOL HCL 311 244 15 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 284 213 16 13
CLOPIDOGREL 271 197 17 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 268 172 18 9
GLIPIZIDE 242 181 19 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 242 190 19 17
MELOXICAM 211 166 21 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 190 142 22 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 188 118 23 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 187 129 24 59
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 182 158 25 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 95 26 11
ATENOLOL 175 125 27 19
PLAVIX 163 123 28 39
SYNTHROID 153 122 29 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 101 30 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 99 31 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 146 112 32 41
ONGLYZA 133 60 33 136
SERTRALINE HCL 132 80 34 28
KLOR-CON M20 132 84 34 61
TRAZODONE HCL 129 68 36 48
CLONIDINE HCL 127 60 37 36
CARVEDILOL 120 103 38 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 116 54 39 43
AZELASTINE HCL 115 71 40 240
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 114 106 41 216
MECLIZINE HCL 112 79 42 103
CRESTOR 106 80 43 25
LYRICA 97 52 44 77
NATEGLINIDE 96 62 45 224
CARISOPRODOL 95 24 R 46 83
MIRTAZAPINE 94 79 47 78
BENAZEPRIL HCL 91 76 48 40
SUCRALFATE 90 72 49 160
PROMETHAZINE HCL 88 54 R 50 96
MUPIROCIN 88 59 50 130
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 73 50 32
JANUVIA 88 65 50 60
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 87 36 54 84
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 83 55 34
RAMIPRIL 86 67 55 69
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 83 45 57 93
NAMENDA 80 80 58 35
DOXEPIN HCL 80 58 58 200
DIOVAN 79 27 60 31
LANTUS 79 54 60 49
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 65 R 62 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 62 27
KLOR-CON M10 76 67 64 127
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 74 57 65 138
PREDNISONE 73 46 66 50
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 72 72 67 129
FLUCONAZOLE 71 34 68 139
RANITIDINE HCL 71 54 68 56
TIZANIDINE HCL 69 36 70 140
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 39 71 144
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 63 71 65
KLOR-CON 10 66 54 71 184
CEFUROXIME 65 46 74 179
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 58 75 73
CELEBREX 63 58 75 90
CYMBALTA 62 25 77 46
ETODOLAC 61 32 78 206
ESTRADIOL 60 27 R 79 134
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 37 79 45
PAROXETINE HCL 60 44 79 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 53 79 62
FENOFIBRATE 59 30 83 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 45 84 82
LANSOPRAZOLE 57 26 84 184
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 26 84 108
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 48 84 52
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 40 88 145
PROAIR HFA 56 28 88 67
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 47 88 86
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 28 91 94
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 25 91 53
SPIRIVA 55 37 91 70
FENTANYL 54 19 S2 94 183
AMIODARONE HCL 54 19 94 158
PRADAXA 53 29 96 255
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 29 96 115
COLCRYS 53 28 96 166
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 39 96 74
ZETIA 53 41 96 87
AZITHROMYCIN 52 34 101 42
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 13, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.