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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,533Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 680

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 680

650 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

30% of this provider’s 650 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 18,359 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% 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

38 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,249 939 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,071 742 S3 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,035 893 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 923 671 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 779 627 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 659 548 6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 519 405 7 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 470 381 8 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 454 338 9 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 420 278 10 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 393 304 11 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 391 287 12 43
METFORMIN HCL 390 262 13 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 378 255 14 17
DIOVAN HCT 352 267 15 55
NEXIUM 347 171 16 16
GABAPENTIN 328 223 17 15
ZETIA 301 211 18 87
TRICOR 279 148 19 98
METFORMIN HCL ER 273 166 20 54
AZITHROMYCIN 268 194 21 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 261 222 22 37
LISINOPRIL 255 188 23 5
ADVAIR DISKUS 254 182 24 53
CRESTOR 249 182 25 25
TRAMADOL HCL 234 152 26 18
MELOXICAM 229 206 27 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 144 28 11
ACTOS 207 166 29 114
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 166 30 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 201 116 31 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 191 161 32 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 189 179 33 32
ATENOLOL 181 152 34 19
CARVEDILOL 170 148 35 23
PROAIR HFA 169 140 36 67
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 169 148 36 41
ALLOPURINOL 168 115 38 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 167 163 39 27
NAMENDA 156 156 40 35
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 148 123 41 73
BENAZEPRIL HCL 144 108 42 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 132 100 43 57
DIOVAN 132 108 43 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 121 96 45 34
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 120 76 46 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 93 47 51
LOVASTATIN 117 93 47 44
CLOPIDOGREL 116 74 49 26
ROPINIROLE HCL 116 75 49 99
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 95 51 10
LABETALOL HCL 111 89 52 158
GLIPIZIDE XL 111 98 52 142
FAMOTIDINE 108 98 54 89
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 78 55 45
FENOFIBRATE 103 57 56 66
AMOXICILLIN 103 61 56 111
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 74 58 59
EVISTA 102 94 58 135
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 57 R 60 47
CLONIDINE HCL 100 82 61 36
IBUPROFEN 94 58 62 126
TRAZODONE HCL 93 65 63 48
LIPITOR 93 62 63 68
GEMFIBROZIL 93 53 63 106
GLIPIZIDE ER 92 85 66 108
KLOR-CON M20 90 86 67 61
PLAVIX 88 56 68 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 82 69 21
PROPRANOLOL HCL 82 63 70 145
VYTORIN 81 77 71 152
LANTUS 80 51 72 49
PREMARIN 80 67 R 72 105
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 37 R 74 81
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 78 68 R 74 276
FELODIPINE ER 77 52 76 146
DETROL LA 75 63 77 169
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 75 45 77 94
SPIRIVA 74 52 79 70
RAMIPRIL 73 48 80 69
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 73 69 80 62
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 71 19 S3 82 327
DIGOXIN 71 68 82 58
COMBIVENT 67 55 84 168
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 51 85 138
MEGESTROL ACETATE 66 49 R 85 88
PAROXETINE HCL 64 53 87 76
MUPIROCIN 61 37 88 130
SYNTHROID 61 61 88 38
SERTRALINE HCL 60 45 90 28
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 58 41 R 91 272
CYMBALTA 58 28 91 46
CARISOPRODOL 57 26 R 93 83
MIRTAZAPINE 57 43 93 78
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 27 95 144
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 43 95 164
JANUMET 55 48 97 194
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 45 98 115
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 22 99 93
ACTONEL 52 52 99 213
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 51 101 82
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 51 38 101 172
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.