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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,845Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 680

$1.69M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 680

1,046 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

5% of this provider’s 1,046 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 1,046 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 26,844 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

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,663 1,439 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,336 1,032 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,001 778 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 946 755 S3 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 789 665 5 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 660 580 6 20
LISINOPRIL 653 519 7 5
NEXIUM 637 480 8 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 634 477 9 14
OMEPRAZOLE 626 503 10 7
MELOXICAM 590 471 11 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 586 476 12 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 570 437 13 22
GABAPENTIN 566 456 14 15
METFORMIN HCL 559 366 15 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 516 429 16 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 493 440 17 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 460 385 18 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 413 303 19 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 396 349 20 30
GLIPIZIDE 345 235 21 63
BENAZEPRIL HCL 331 284 22 40
CRESTOR 326 245 23 25
CLOPIDOGREL 320 268 24 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 315 308 25 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 297 238 26 10
CARVEDILOL 267 229 27 23
AZITHROMYCIN 251 183 28 42
ATENOLOL 247 204 29 19
ALPRAZOLAM 235 223 30 72
NABUMETONE 235 160 30 174
PLAVIX 225 190 32 39
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 222 191 33 101
ADVAIR DISKUS 217 160 34 53
ALLOPURINOL 213 182 35 33
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 207 148 36 93
PROAIR HFA 200 98 37 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 195 190 38 32
SERTRALINE HCL 194 175 39 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 193 155 R 40 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 192 151 41 82
TAMSULOSIN HCL 182 149 42 34
LACTULOSE 180 100 43 92
PREDNISONE 178 157 44 50
DIOVAN 174 146 45 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 173 127 46 41
TRAZODONE HCL 170 116 47 48
NAMENDA 169 161 48 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 167 121 49 71
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 164 151 50 21
KLOR-CON M20 160 130 51 61
DIGOXIN 159 158 52 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 154 132 53 59
CELEBREX 153 107 54 90
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 148 77 55 118
CLONAZEPAM 147 130 56 190
CYMBALTA 140 110 57 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 127 58 51
LANTUS 138 102 58 49
RAMIPRIL 137 117 60 69
TRAMADOL HCL 134 124 61 18
ESTRADIOL 131 119 R 62 134
MIRTAZAPINE 129 113 63 78
LIPITOR 126 112 64 68
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 125 109 65 57
MEGESTROL ACETATE 124 111 R 66 88
KLOR-CON 10 123 101 67 184
SPIRIVA 121 96 68 70
BUMETANIDE 121 96 68 102
NIFEDIPINE ER 120 98 70 75
PROMETHAZINE HCL 118 37 R 71 96
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 115 88 72 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 115 79 72 45
AMIODARONE HCL 114 100 74 158
CLONIDINE HCL 111 77 75 36
FENOFIBRATE 108 77 76 66
CARISOPRODOL 107 81 R 77 83
METOLAZONE 104 68 78 201
DEXILANT 104 82 78 171
MECLIZINE HCL 103 89 80 103
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 83 80 164
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 101 72 82 138
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 101 82 82 65
GLYBURIDE 94 66 R 84 85
PROPRANOLOL HCL 94 70 84 145
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 93 88 86 117
ACTOS 93 74 86 114
BYSTOLIC 91 82 88 79
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 70 89 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 86 77 90 29
BACLOFEN 83 45 91 140
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 60 92 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 78 76 93 99
LORAZEPAM 78 50 93 125
GLIPIZIDE ER 77 68 95 108
RANITIDINE HCL 76 60 96 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 76 69 96 43
TERAZOSIN HCL 76 68 96 180
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 76 61 96 148
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 75 45 100 291
DILTIAZEM ER 74 53 101 165
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 41 101 86
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 72 101 64
LYRICA 73 62 104 77
LEXAPRO 73 39 104 128
LOVASTATIN 72 65 106 44
FLUCONAZOLE 72 55 106 139
SYNTHROID 71 65 108 38
CEFDINIR 70 49 109 212
PREMARIN 69 59 R 110 105
GEMFIBROZIL 69 53 110 106
LANSOPRAZOLE 68 42 112 184
SINGULAIR 68 47 112 91
ENABLEX 66 66 114 217
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 65 43 115 124
GLIPIZIDE XL 65 53 115 142
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 64 35 117 84
LEVOXYL 63 40 118 275
TRICOR 63 40 118 98
CEPHALEXIN 62 46 120 149
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 44 R 120 81
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 60 52 122 256
JANUVIA 59 46 123 60
VESICARE 59 38 123 176
AGGRENOX 56 43 125 177
TEMAZEPAM 56 43 125 155
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 41 127 94
DIOVAN HCT 53 30 128 55
CAPTOPRIL 53 53 128 257
LATANOPROST 53 53 128 209
AVODART 52 49 131 218
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 41 131 182
FAMOTIDINE 52 52 131 89
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 52 40 131 95
XARELTO 52 46 131 386
NIFEDIAC CC 51 40 136 281
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 51 136 143
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 51 34 136 243
NASONEX 51 23 136 197
FELODIPINE ER 51 28 136 146
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 38 141 157
RISPERIDONE 50 50 141 80
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 16, 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.