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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,135Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 680

$2.96M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 680

1,044 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,044 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 1,044 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 31,850 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,281 1,068 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,154 942 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,026 798 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 954 652 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 943 737 5 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 940 708 S3 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 790 692 7 12
FAMOTIDINE 725 575 8 89
RISPERIDONE 701 464 9 80
KLOR-CON M20 684 513 10 10 61
LISINOPRIL 675 546 11 5
NOVOLIN R 661 516 10 12 113
CITALOPRAM HBR 657 511 13 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 638 579 14 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 626 538 15 20
GABAPENTIN 601 402 16 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 596 436 17 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 579 486 18 45
LEVETIRACETAM 557 336 19 120
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 463 407 20 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 457 348 21 14
METFORMIN HCL 455 317 22 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 449 336 23 17
LANTUS 418 306 24 49
NAMENDA 411 391 25 35
TRAZODONE HCL 399 265 26 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 397 282 27 34
NEXIUM 385 220 28 16
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 378 170 R 29 137
CYMBALTA 358 260 30 46
TRAMADOL HCL 347 234 31 18
SEROQUEL 323 224 32 123
CLOPIDOGREL 321 279 33 26
MELOXICAM 309 208 34 24
SERTRALINE HCL 308 239 35 28
CLONIDINE HCL 301 193 36 36
MEGESTROL ACETATE 297 245 R 37 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 290 252 38 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 271 181 39 110
MIRTAZAPINE 266 196 40 78
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 265 207 41 62
DIGOXIN 262 220 42 58
GLYBURIDE 262 205 R 42 85
CARVEDILOL 261 207 44 23
DIOVAN 261 172 44 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 258 154 46 13
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 252 168 47 143
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 245 123 48 148
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 244 197 49 94
KLOR-CON M10 242 203 50 127
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 236 198 51 30
OLANZAPINE 234 165 52 116
HUMULIN R 220 160 53 195
BACLOFEN 218 80 54 140
HALOPERIDOL 212 117 55 193
HYDRALAZINE HCL 211 147 56 71
ABILIFY 209 112 57 178
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 209 152 57 41
PREDNISONE 207 141 59 50
PLAVIX 205 189 60 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 200 153 61 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 198 138 62 9
LACTULOSE 191 127 63 92
SANTYL 186 132 64 170
SPIRIVA 185 161 65 70
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 182 177 66 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 175 107 R 67 96
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 174 138 68 129
FLUOXETINE HCL 172 92 69 74
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 163 142 70 207
MUPIROCIN 159 124 71 130
LEXAPRO 155 126 72 128
BUMETANIDE 153 134 73 102
CRESTOR 151 108 74 25
FINASTERIDE 151 118 74 109
LYRICA 147 105 76 77
ATENOLOL 144 115 77 19
FENTANYL 143 89 S2 78 183
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 141 79 79 101
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 112 79 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 137 79 32
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 135 129 82 117
ALLOPURINOL 135 117 82 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 130 106 84 97
BENAZEPRIL HCL 130 115 84 40
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 129 66 R 86 81
IBUPROFEN 128 48 87 126
FENOFIBRATE 128 67 87 66
SUCRALFATE 128 103 87 160
NIFEDIPINE ER 124 104 90 75
TRICOR 120 68 91 98
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 119 90 92 260
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 116 84 93 59
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 115 54 94 84
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 112 86 95 294
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 109 92 96 172
CLOZAPINE 106 23 97 286
PAROXETINE HCL 106 78 97 76
TOPIRAMATE 106 12 97 233
GENERLAC 105 82 100 262
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 104 85 101 118
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 71 102 10
LATANOPROST 102 98 102 209
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 100 42 104 115
JANTOVEN 100 18 104 147
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 100 68 104 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 57 107 82
NYSTATIN 98 96 107 191
RANITIDINE HCL 95 63 109 56
LIPITOR 94 64 110 68
SUBOXONE 94 0 110 245
ENULOSE 93 84 112 363
JANUVIA 92 91 113 60
MECLIZINE HCL 91 77 114 103
GLIPIZIDE 88 78 115 63
SEROQUEL XR 88 55 115 235
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 87 43 117 336
ROPINIROLE HCL 86 82 118 99
SPS 85 82 119 340
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 84 64 120 402
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 83 27 121 229
LATUDA 83 33 121 369
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 81 64 123 65
KETOCONAZOLE 80 53 124 219
TRAVATAN Z 80 79 124 266
FLUCONAZOLE 79 62 126 139
PROPRANOLOL HCL 79 32 126 145
GLIMEPIRIDE 78 54 128 29
CARAFATE 76 74 129 273
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 74 67 130 227
PROAIR HFA 73 48 131 67
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 73 50 131 199
EXELON 72 72 133 112
AGGRENOX 70 56 134 177
HYDROXYZINE HCL 69 40 R 135 267
BUPROPION XL 69 50 135 161
VENLAFAXINE HCL 68 59 137 239
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 67 63 138 299
BUSPIRONE HCL 67 28 138 144
CLONIDINE 65 63 140 284
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 64 62 141 93
AMOXICILLIN 63 42 142 111
SINGULAIR 63 33 142 91
AMIODARONE HCL 62 51 144 158
LOPERAMIDE 62 58 144 370
NAPROXEN 61 29 146 121
MEGACE ES 59 46 R 147 280
SODIUM CHLORIDE 59 59 147 311
LITHIUM CARBONATE 58 14 149 312
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 38 R 150 47
NOVOLOG 57 51 150 167
HALOPERIDOL LACTATE 57 36 150 441
DILTIAZEM HCL 56 56 153 291
NOVOLIN 70-30 55 40 154 236
LAMOTRIGINE 54 35 155 263
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 54 47 155 446
VESICARE 53 44 157 176
QUINAPRIL HCL 53 27 157 104
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 52 13 R 159 272
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 52 43 159 154
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 34 159 140
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 51 51 162 370
HUMULIN 70-30 50 36 163 277
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 50 50 163 271
MIDODRINE HCL 50 28 163 351
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 Feb. 27, 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.