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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,672Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 680

$2.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 680

1,501 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,501 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 1,501 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 34,672 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,197 1,122 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,177 983 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 1,162 980 3 6
METFORMIN HCL 1,096 907 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 994 921 5 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 926 853 6 20
OMEPRAZOLE 903 765 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 891 668 S3 8 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 859 763 9 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 759 563 10 12
ATENOLOL 733 651 11 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 688 609 12 13
LISINOPRIL 660 584 13 5
CARVEDILOL 514 446 14 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 504 477 15 14
NEXIUM 503 408 16 16
GABAPENTIN 442 360 17 15
DIOVAN 422 374 18 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 416 365 19 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 414 363 20 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 396 354 21 11
ALLOPURINOL 396 362 21 33
CLOPIDOGREL 394 346 23 26
MELOXICAM 377 346 24 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 360 325 25 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 346 314 26 21
CRESTOR 342 287 27 25
PAROXETINE HCL 339 255 28 76
DONEPEZIL HCL 323 321 29 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 320 294 30 22
SYNTHROID 295 287 31 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 292 200 32 74
CLONIDINE HCL 289 198 33 36
PLAVIX 268 227 34 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 265 202 R 35 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 264 235 36 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 261 219 37 43
SOTALOL 261 240 37 226
AMIODARONE HCL 259 204 39 158
NAMENDA 256 256 40 35
LANTUS 255 203 41 49
TRAZODONE HCL 251 195 42 48
LOVASTATIN 249 226 43 44
GEMFIBROZIL 241 173 44 106
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 236 204 45 59
TRAMADOL HCL 236 220 45 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 233 187 47 41
CYMBALTA 224 155 48 46
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 223 205 49 73
NADOLOL 222 216 50 315
PREDNISONE 216 191 51 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 171 52 17
AZITHROMYCIN 209 169 53 42
RAMIPRIL 202 170 54 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 201 162 55 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 198 169 56 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 198 166 56 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 189 165 58 64
EXELON 188 188 59 112
ACTOS 183 136 60 114
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 179 142 61 93
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 179 156 61 129
SPIRIVA 177 147 63 70
DIGOXIN 172 150 64 58
SERTRALINE HCL 169 128 65 28
DOXEPIN HCL 168 152 66 200
GLYBURIDE 167 164 R 67 85
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 166 136 68 101
RANITIDINE HCL 164 102 69 56
ROPINIROLE HCL 162 162 70 99
FINASTERIDE 161 149 71 109
INSULIN SYRINGE 158 98 72 86
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 150 143 73 62
DIOVAN HCT 145 126 74 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 139 139 75 52
LYRICA 136 121 76 77
QUINAPRIL HCL 128 111 77 104
CARAFATE 128 128 77 273
SINGULAIR 127 118 79 91
RISPERIDONE 125 73 80 80
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 124 90 81 84
PROAIR HFA 122 71 82 67
GLIPIZIDE 121 101 83 63
GLIPIZIDE ER 121 81 83 108
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 102 85 37
LEVETIRACETAM 118 100 86 120
PREMARIN 117 112 R 87 105
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 108 87 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 103 89 57
NITROFURANTOIN 114 111 90 269
VERAPAMIL ER 114 102 90 100
LIPITOR 109 109 92 68
CELEBREX 107 94 93 90
TRICOR 105 85 94 98
SPIRONOLACTONE 104 90 95 82
METOLAZONE 102 86 96 201
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 102 97 96 65
RANEXA 97 91 98 357
MEGESTROL ACETATE 96 88 R 99 88
COLESTIPOL HCL 95 81 100 335
NOVOLIN R 94 85 101 113
PEN NEEDLE 94 74 101 122
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 90 103 117
SANTYL 90 88 103 170
BENICAR 89 73 105 131
AVODART 89 84 105 218
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 88 81 107 157
JANUVIA 88 59 107 60
ZETIA 87 60 109 87
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 86 59 110 154
BENAZEPRIL HCL 86 82 110 40
AGGRENOX 86 74 110 177
BYSTOLIC 83 62 113 79
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 80 114 153
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 82 61 114 124
MECLIZINE HCL 82 77 114 103
SEROQUEL 81 73 117 123
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 59 118 94
BACLOFEN 78 52 119 140
GLIPIZIDE XL 75 57 120 142
METHOTREXATE 74 57 121 314
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 74 63 121 115
MIRTAZAPINE 73 62 123 78
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 73 60 123 204
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 73 64 123 229
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 73 66 123 132
FENOFIBRATE 73 44 123 66
COUMADIN 68 68 128 237
FELODIPINE ER 68 66 128 146
PROMETHAZINE HCL 65 34 R 130 96
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 65 52 130 118
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 57 R 130 81
LEXAPRO 65 49 130 128
ESTRADIOL 65 63 R 130 134
MUPIROCIN 64 47 135 130
NITROSTAT 64 54 135 295
VESICARE 64 64 135 176
HUMULIN N 64 39 135 246
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 63 139 145
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 62 41 R 140 107
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 62 44 R 140 276
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 49 140 54
TERAZOSIN HCL 62 62 140 180
TOPIRAMATE 61 42 144 233
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 41 144 75
COREG CR 60 58 146 293
DETROL LA 60 60 146 169
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 60 146 199
LACTULOSE 60 56 146 92
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 60 49 146 203
COMBIVENT 59 42 151 168
DILTIAZEM ER 58 58 152 165
LOVAZA 58 46 152 119
TOPROL XL 58 46 152 433
ACEBUTOLOL HCL 58 47 152 433
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 58 152 182
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 58 56 152 433
NOVOLOG 58 36 152 167
ACTOPLUS MET 57 50 159 328
PACERONE 57 57 159 441
CILOSTAZOL 56 56 161 230
KLOR-CON M20 55 35 162 61
ACTONEL 54 42 163 213
TIZANIDINE HCL 54 52 163 140
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 43 165 239
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 33 166 71
KLOR-CON M10 52 52 166 127
SEROQUEL XR 51 46 168 235
TRIMETHOPRIM 51 25 168 460
CARTIA XT 51 49 168 307
CEFDINIR 50 47 171 212
SULINDAC 50 33 171 463
SYMBICORT 50 49 171 208
KLOR-CON 10 50 50 171 184
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 May 13, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.