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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,931Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 680

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 75 out of 680

429 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

7% of this provider’s 429 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

46% of this provider’s 429 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 13,858 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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 1,064 664 S3 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 539 434 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 535 432 3 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 410 321 4 20
NEXIUM 393 256 5 16
OMEPRAZOLE 392 268 6 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 336 214 7 17
CARVEDILOL 324 208 8 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 304 234 9 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 289 239 10 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 284 212 11 13
GABAPENTIN 284 216 11 15
METFORMIN HCL 274 190 13 8
SIMVASTATIN 274 235 13 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 271 191 15 2
SUCRALFATE 261 179 16 160
TRAMADOL HCL 229 158 17 18
CEFADROXIL 225 158 18 261
LISINOPRIL 211 148 19 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 136 20 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 192 146 21 30
ROPINIROLE HCL 191 133 22 99
CYMBALTA 186 107 23 46
CLOPIDOGREL 184 115 24 26
ALLOPURINOL 180 120 25 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 180 116 25 97
GLIMEPIRIDE 179 123 27 29
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 177 129 28 118
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 173 117 29 59
RANITIDINE HCL 166 111 30 56
SERTRALINE HCL 165 121 31 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 164 103 32 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 107 33 34
CLONIDINE HCL 157 102 34 36
MELOXICAM 146 82 35 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 144 112 36 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 140 69 37 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 80 38 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 132 80 39 12
JANUVIA 130 108 40 60
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 129 74 41 216
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 124 82 42 65
ATENOLOL 123 95 43 19
DIOVAN 122 93 44 31
PLAVIX 122 80 44 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 120 81 R 46 47
MEGESTROL ACETATE 117 104 R 47 88
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 116 74 48 11
FENTANYL 115 91 S2 49 183
BENICAR HCT 114 67 50 150
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 56 R 51 81
CRESTOR 109 81 52 25
BUSPIRONE HCL 101 77 53 144
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 84 54 57
TRILIPIX 95 55 55 264
SOTALOL 95 79 55 226
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94 66 57 45
PREMARIN 92 92 R 58 105
AZITHROMYCIN 91 62 59 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 79 60 117
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 90 68 60 62
PAROXETINE HCL 89 68 62 76
PREDNISONE 88 49 63 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 86 86 64 27
PRENATAL PLUS 81 73 65 274
DIGOXIN 77 77 66 58
MIDODRINE HCL 77 54 66 351
NASONEX 76 56 68 197
RISPERIDONE 76 40 68 80
ALPRAZOLAM 74 74 70 72
DEXILANT 73 49 71 171
TRAZODONE HCL 72 54 72 48
METHADONE HCL 72 12 S2 72 234
NAMENDA 71 71 74 35
PROAIR HFA 71 23 74 67
MECLIZINE HCL 70 56 76 103
DOXEPIN HCL 66 35 77 200
BUPROPION XL 66 32 77 161
PROMETHAZINE HCL 65 17 R 79 96
CEPHALEXIN 65 48 79 149
NIFEDIPINE ER 64 53 81 75
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 27 81 53
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 62 37 83 138
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 35 83 40
GEMFIBROZIL 62 41 83 106
SYNTHROID 60 60 86 38
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59 52 87 73
SINGULAIR 58 56 88 91
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 39 89 86
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 30 S3 89 175
VERAPAMIL ER 56 36 91 100
SEROQUEL XR 55 27 92 235
COUMADIN 55 35 92 237
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 47 94 82
DILTIAZEM ER 54 42 94 165
FLUCONAZOLE 54 39 94 139
ESTRADIOL 52 25 R 97 134
DIOVAN HCT 51 34 98 55
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 51 19 R 98 272
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 50 0 S2 100 330
MUPIROCIN 50 29 100 130
TRICOR 50 30 100 98
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. 19, 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.