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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,167Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 680

$1.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 680

839 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 839 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 839 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 16,624 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 1,167 585 S3 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 714 534 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 698 545 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 657 568 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 642 475 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 636 470 6 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 587 470 7 14
LISINOPRIL 550 416 8 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 501 370 9 30
GABAPENTIN 477 312 10 15
BUMETANIDE 474 384 11 102
FUROSEMIDE 416 330 12 6
METFORMIN HCL 381 262 13 8
MELOXICAM 349 252 14 24
CLONIDINE HCL 319 191 15 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 309 237 16 11
TRAMADOL HCL 297 238 17 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 291 133 18 17
NEXIUM 273 184 19 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 249 154 20 22
HYDRALAZINE HCL 242 201 21 71
CARVEDILOL 232 182 22 23
DIOVAN 229 183 23 31
CYMBALTA 222 142 24 46
ATENOLOL 217 155 25 19
CRESTOR 214 141 26 25
LEVOFLOXACIN 212 155 27 97
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 207 151 28 13
PREDNISONE 203 138 29 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178 140 30 9
CLOPIDOGREL 175 141 31 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 172 165 32 45
PLAVIX 161 133 33 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 139 33 34
JANUMET 152 112 35 194
WARFARIN SODIUM 151 118 36 20
DIGOXIN 144 138 37 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 142 110 38 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 140 122 39 59
KLOR-CON M20 133 133 40 61
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 129 109 41 10
NAMENDA 124 114 42 35
CARISOPRODOL 123 26 R 43 83
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 121 96 44 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 120 102 45 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 112 46 27
NIFEDIPINE ER 119 82 46 75
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 115 60 R 48 81
ALLOPURINOL 110 104 49 33
LYRICA 105 71 50 77
GLIMEPIRIDE 104 79 51 29
JANUVIA 102 78 52 60
PROMETHAZINE HCL 99 44 R 53 96
LANTUS 97 74 54 49
PROAIR HFA 96 32 55 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 96 83 55 32
EXELON 94 94 57 112
COLCRYS 93 64 58 166
SINGULAIR 93 75 58 91
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 30 R 60 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 87 31 61 84
MEGESTROL ACETATE 86 83 R 62 88
TRAZODONE HCL 86 54 62 48
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 83 26 64 115
JANTOVEN 81 73 65 147
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 80 75 66 21
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 78 69 67 132
LOVAZA 78 55 67 119
LEVETIRACETAM 78 35 67 120
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 66 70 52
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 29 71 53
PEN NEEDLE 74 43 72 122
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 74 65 72 227
LIPITOR 73 61 74 68
SERTRALINE HCL 72 44 75 28
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 70 45 76 203
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 70 49 76 124
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 58 76 51
NITROFURANTOIN 69 63 79 269
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 62 80 182
FLUCONAZOLE 65 35 81 139
SYMBICORT 65 34 81 208
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 65 63 81 117
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 19 84 110
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 61 85 40
SPIRIVA 59 43 86 70
EXFORGE 58 43 87 151
MIRTAZAPINE 58 45 87 78
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 26 S2 89 133
BACLOFEN 57 24 89 140
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 56 39 91 229
PAROXETINE HCL 55 22 92 76
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 45 93 157
GALANTAMINE HBR 53 46 94 392
KLOR-CON M10 53 40 94 127
EXFORGE HCT 52 46 96 296
LEXAPRO 52 47 96 128
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 51 42 98 264
TRICOR 50 43 99 98
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 38 99 37
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 Nov. 5, 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.