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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,273Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 15

$843K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 15

191 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

25% of this provider’s 191 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 9,224 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

59 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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 326 261 1 9
FUROSEMIDE 307 252 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 295 256 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 292 218 4 1
SERTRALINE HCL 274 233 5 22
FAMOTIDINE 258 195 6 72
OMEPRAZOLE 227 185 7 8
SIMVASTATIN 213 185 8 6
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 192 143 9 20
CEPHALEXIN 190 169 10 71
NAMENDA 186 174 11 12
LISINOPRIL 182 152 12 4
NOVOLIN R 156 152 13 79
GABAPENTIN 151 136 14 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 151 108 14 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 139 136 16 11
GLIPIZIDE 133 131 17 45
LEVETIRACETAM 128 53 18 39
EXELON 128 124 18 41
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 95 S3 20 5
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 119 92 21 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 115 95 22 17
DIGOXIN 114 84 23 46
KLOR-CON M20 112 96 24 26
NOVOLIN 70-30 110 110 25 112
TRAMADOL HCL 109 97 26 18
NEXIUM 107 88 27 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 80 28 54
CYMBALTA 95 79 29 53
CLOPIDOGREL 93 79 30 30
TRICOR 92 92 31 86
TRILIPIX 92 72 31 163
RISPERIDONE 92 75 31 28
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 92 76 31 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 89 81 35 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 88 54 36 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 74 37 29
OLANZAPINE 84 72 38 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 82 39 25
MIRTAZAPINE 81 67 40 33
SEROQUEL 81 64 40 60
BUMETANIDE 79 69 42 75
TRAZODONE HCL 77 55 43 27
DIOVAN 77 77 43 34
CLONIDINE HCL 76 58 45 32
PLAVIX 70 63 46 43
SPIRIVA 68 60 47 83
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 45 47 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 66 49 38
SANTYL 66 41 50 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 43 51 23
KETOCONAZOLE 64 50 52 131
LACTULOSE 63 58 53 14
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 63 0 53 103
LYRICA 62 61 55 106
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 62 30 R 55 70
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 61 56 57 89
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 51 58 76
SINGULAIR 59 45 59 144
FENOFIBRATE 59 47 59 148
MUPIROCIN 56 40 61 138
CARVEDILOL 56 56 61 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 48 63 73
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 54 54 64 151
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 52 65 66
LANTUS 52 48 65 36
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 30 R 67 122
METFORMIN HCL 51 51 67 7
JANUVIA 51 51 67 121
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 June 29, 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.