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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,289Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 680

$2.84M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 680

1,050 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

5% of this provider’s 1,050 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 1,050 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 38,223 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
LISINOPRIL 1,489 1,325 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,131 1,103 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 972 850 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 959 841 4 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 915 827 5 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 901 889 6 27
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 840 728 7 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 811 713 S3 8 4
CARVEDILOL 803 735 9 23
SIMVASTATIN 791 715 10 3
SERTRALINE HCL 738 694 11 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 717 645 12 20
GABAPENTIN 678 620 13 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 672 591 14 12
NEXIUM 667 531 15 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 663 644 16 14
MIRTAZAPINE 613 592 17 78
NAMENDA 596 577 18 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 591 543 19 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 536 412 20 110
LACTULOSE 509 423 21 92
RISPERIDONE 494 413 22 80
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 474 446 23 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 446 373 24 34
METFORMIN HCL 396 313 25 8
DIOVAN 391 369 26 31
ALLOPURINOL 364 331 27 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 340 314 28 30
RANITIDINE HCL 330 310 29 56
CLOPIDOGREL 323 301 30 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 317 267 31 17
CYMBALTA 315 286 32 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 300 285 33 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 295 274 34 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 280 248 35 29
SYNTHROID 274 249 36 38
AZITHROMYCIN 269 244 37 42
LORAZEPAM 258 258 38 125
SPIRIVA 249 234 39 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 242 225 40 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 242 212 40 10
LANTUS 234 219 42 49
SANTYL 229 151 43 170
PREDNISONE 227 195 44 50
CRESTOR 224 207 45 25
TRAMADOL HCL 221 202 46 18
SEROQUEL 215 209 47 123
LATANOPROST 207 200 48 209
PLAVIX 206 197 49 39
MELOXICAM 204 179 50 24
TRAZODONE HCL 203 153 51 48
OLANZAPINE 200 119 52 116
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 199 191 53 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 196 190 54 53
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 189 109 R 55 137
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 187 174 56 41
DIGOXIN 185 178 57 58
LOVASTATIN 182 153 58 44
CLONIDINE HCL 181 159 59 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 179 137 60 82
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 177 114 61 154
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 166 137 62 95
CELEBREX 163 159 63 90
CITALOPRAM HBR 162 141 64 22
ATENOLOL 162 140 64 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 162 160 64 71
JANUVIA 157 115 67 60
LEVETIRACETAM 154 97 68 120
MECLIZINE HCL 152 133 69 103
EVISTA 150 147 70 135
AVODART 148 124 71 218
FLUOXETINE HCL 147 107 72 74
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 146 97 73 101
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 144 133 74 21
GLIPIZIDE 144 113 74 63
TEMAZEPAM 141 141 76 155
LIPITOR 141 131 76 68
NYSTATIN 139 125 78 191
NOVOLOG 134 134 79 167
ALPRAZOLAM 133 128 80 72
FENOFIBRATE 133 112 80 66
DIAZEPAM 133 105 80 188
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 132 101 83 148
PAROXETINE HCL 131 107 84 76
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 130 94 85 211
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 130 130 85 117
LANSOPRAZOLE 128 120 87 184
PROAIR HFA 128 115 87 67
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 127 102 89 118
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 124 76 90 229
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 123 104 91 94
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 122 92 32
BENAZEPRIL HCL 121 121 93 40
ACTOS 121 108 93 114
BUMETANIDE 120 95 95 102
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 119 119 96 182
VALPROIC ACID 116 91 97 254
RAMIPRIL 114 86 98 69
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 112 112 99 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 109 77 100 54
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 101 101 57
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 106 101 102 65
TRAVATAN Z 102 88 103 266
CILOSTAZOL 102 99 103 230
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 100 84 105 73
CEPHALEXIN 99 84 106 149
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 98 51 107 84
FINASTERIDE 98 85 107 109
MUPIROCIN 94 81 109 130
SINGULAIR 93 80 110 91
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 91 91 111 132
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 85 112 37
FENTANYL 89 56 S2 113 183
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 82 114 86
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 87 86 114 43
DIOVAN HCT 86 74 116 55
HALOPERIDOL 86 68 116 193
KLOR-CON M10 85 69 118 127
VERAPAMIL ER 84 84 119 100
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 81 70 120 115
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 81 81 120 299
PRADAXA 81 81 120 255
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 72 R 123 47
TIZANIDINE HCL 80 50 123 140
LEXAPRO 80 77 123 128
GLYBURIDE 79 75 R 126 85
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 79 45 126 189
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 79 79 126 370
NITROSTAT 79 75 126 295
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 78 66 130 124
ENDOCET 78 66 S2 130 210
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 44 132 129
AMIODARONE HCL 76 70 132 158
ABILIFY 75 59 134 178
RISPERDAL CONSTA 74 67 135 367
NIFEDIPINE ER 74 74 135 75
NOVOLIN N 73 73 137 225
DILTIAZEM ER 73 71 137 165
BACLOFEN 73 25 137 140
EXELON 72 72 140 112
CARBAMAZEPINE 71 59 141 258
TRICOR 71 64 141 98
ZETIA 70 67 143 87
CARTIA XT 69 69 144 307
IBUPROFEN 68 43 145 126
LOPERAMIDE 68 59 145 370
LAMOTRIGINE 67 38 147 263
COMBIGAN 66 66 148 418
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 66 66 148 336
VESICARE 66 63 148 176
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 65 64 151 310
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 62 46 152 227
FLUCONAZOLE 62 57 152 139
AMITIZA 61 59 154 270
FORTICAL 60 60 155 353
LEVEMIR 60 60 155 248
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 45 157 250
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 59 59 157 173
IRBESARTAN 58 55 159 247
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 58 58 159 294
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 57 52 161 93
METOLAZONE 57 42 161 201
KLOR-CON M20 56 54 163 61
LIDODERM 54 49 164 221
VENLAFAXINE HCL 54 43 164 239
AGGRENOX 54 49 164 177
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 54 164 99
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 53 46 168 204
COMBIVENT 52 35 169 168
LYRICA 51 49 170 77
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 50 49 171 207
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 50 171 143
BYSTOLIC 50 50 171 79
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 March 17, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.