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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,812Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 680

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 680

826 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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
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this specialty
in Louisiana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 826 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 826 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 14,514 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 670 379 S3 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 665 533 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 630 496 3 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 549 392 4 10
SIMVASTATIN 541 406 5 3
METFORMIN HCL 506 318 6 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 445 325 7 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 417 355 8 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 387 292 9 1
LISINOPRIL 359 242 10 5
OMEPRAZOLE 356 206 11 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 337 293 12 20
NEXIUM 307 222 13 16
GLIPIZIDE 274 175 14 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 271 188 15 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 252 183 16 12
TRAMADOL HCL 250 155 17 18
CRESTOR 230 160 18 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 227 137 19 13
CARVEDILOL 196 176 20 23
CLOPIDOGREL 196 172 20 26
GABAPENTIN 179 114 22 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 177 134 23 30
FAMOTIDINE 177 126 23 89
AZITHROMYCIN 169 87 25 42
LIPITOR 163 132 26 68
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 101 27 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 157 114 28 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 87 29 9
CLONIDINE HCL 147 108 30 36
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 147 117 30 45
LANTUS 147 92 30 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 147 94 30 86
CEPHALEXIN 146 119 34 149
DIOVAN 144 101 35 31
ATENOLOL 141 69 36 19
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 135 91 37 173
PLAVIX 130 121 38 39
RAMIPRIL 127 78 39 69
LYRICA 127 58 39 77
RANITIDINE HCL 124 97 41 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 112 41 32
LOVAZA 122 81 43 119
AMOXICILLIN 116 65 44 111
ALLOPURINOL 116 92 44 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 113 85 R 46 47
DIOVAN HCT 113 85 46 55
EXELON 105 105 48 112
SERTRALINE HCL 105 85 48 28
NAMENDA 104 104 50 35
MELOXICAM 101 84 51 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 81 52 51
DONEPEZIL HCL 86 86 53 27
BENAZEPRIL HCL 86 70 53 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 86 72 53 43
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 86 72 53 65
SPIRIVA 85 73 57 70
EXFORGE 84 71 58 151
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 63 58 34
KLOR-CON M10 83 62 60 127
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 82 46 61 94
CYMBALTA 80 59 62 46
NIFEDIPINE ER 79 72 63 75
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79 58 R 63 81
LEVOFLOXACIN 78 55 65 97
KLOR-CON 8 76 44 66 320
GLIMEPIRIDE 73 66 67 29
NOVOLOG 72 40 68 167
GLYBURIDE 71 65 R 69 85
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 71 62 R 69 107
MEGESTROL ACETATE 71 64 R 69 88
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 68 36 S3 72 175
COLCRYS 68 46 72 166
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 17 S2 74 133
MECLIZINE HCL 66 64 75 103
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 63 76 99
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 49 77 82
CARISOPRODOL 64 0 R 77 83
DILTIAZEM ER 63 57 79 165
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 62 48 80 138
TRAZODONE HCL 61 49 81 48
LACTULOSE 61 45 81 92
LEVETIRACETAM 61 51 81 120
ALPRAZOLAM 61 61 81 72
KLOR-CON 10 60 26 85 184
ONGLYZA 60 42 85 136
DEXILANT 58 39 87 171
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 51 87 53
LUNESTA 57 43 89 252
LEXAPRO 57 43 89 128
SYNTHROID 55 44 91 38
DETROL LA 54 54 92 169
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 41 92 115
BENICAR 53 50 94 131
PRISTIQ ER 52 47 95 241
BYSTOLIC 52 30 95 79
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 46 95 21
FLUCONAZOLE 52 36 95 139
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. 23, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.