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Prescriber Checkup

JOHN LUKER MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,777Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 189

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 189

323 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
39%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 Texas
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 323 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 323 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,014 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Texas
SIMVASTATIN 600 281 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 559 307 2 3
NAMENDA 377 340 3 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 371 241 4 5
LISINOPRIL 368 216 5 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 320 213 S3 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 309 215 7 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 288 156 8 17
RISPERIDONE 262 76 9 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 250 185 10 23
EXELON 221 204 11 99
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 216 175 12 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 196 47 13 97
SERTRALINE HCL 194 109 14 28
ABILIFY 186 73 15 95
TAMSULOSIN HCL 185 157 16 26
OLANZAPINE 177 57 17 105
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 119 18 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 155 64 19 10
NEXIUM 149 58 20 9
CYMBALTA 148 106 21 46
TRAZODONE HCL 142 59 22 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 141 61 23 113
METFORMIN HCL 136 57 24 6
OMEPRAZOLE 130 76 25 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 127 94 26 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 125 73 27 62
FLUOXETINE HCL 121 48 28 82
KLOR-CON M20 118 91 29 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 57 30 50
LAMOTRIGINE 116 0 31 129
CARBAMAZEPINE 116 18 31 190
NOVOLOG 112 85 33 111
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 102 34 34 104
FAMOTIDINE 94 53 35 77
CITALOPRAM HBR 93 46 36 25
CLONIDINE HCL 89 59 37 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 58 38 27
GABAPENTIN 87 39 39 15
LANTUS 84 58 40 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 48 41 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 39 41 16
LEVETIRACETAM 81 45 41 112
AZITHROMYCIN 80 47 44 30
TOPIRAMATE 78 0 45 153
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 77 0 R 46 138
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 43 47 130
DETROL LA 74 47 48 181
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 45 48 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 72 42 50 24
OXCARBAZEPINE 70 0 51 205
TRAMADOL HCL 69 30 52 12
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 69 20 52 161
IBUPROFEN 68 20 54 36
CRESTOR 67 19 55 20
VESICARE 66 16 56 222
CLOPIDOGREL 65 42 57 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 34 57 73
PRISTIQ ER 63 0 59 172
RANITIDINE HCL 63 33 59 42
ATENOLOL 62 19 61 32
PLAVIX 59 35 62 38
LEXAPRO 58 34 63 194
ZYPREXA 58 17 63 228
CARVEDILOL 57 38 65 22
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 57 35 65 101
MIRTAZAPINE 56 38 67 58
DIGOXIN 55 13 68 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 41 69 135
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 18 70 147
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 52 0 71 291
BACLOFEN 50 21 72 121
SEROQUEL XR 50 0 72 235
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 Dec. 2, 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.