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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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40,339Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 680

$2.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 680

775 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 775 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 775 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 36,024 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,960 1,822 1 20
FUROSEMIDE 1,382 1,277 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 1,124 1,013 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,029 962 4 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,011 919 5 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 965 923 6 27
LISINOPRIL 963 873 7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 921 852 8 1
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 873 777 9 45
NAMENDA 866 810 10 35
SIMVASTATIN 787 710 11 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 784 689 12 12
NEXIUM 681 646 13 16
METFORMIN HCL 654 598 14 8
RISPERIDONE 597 549 15 80
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 569 495 S3 16 4
GABAPENTIN 551 486 17 15
MIRTAZAPINE 500 482 18 78
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 423 362 19 11
LACTULOSE 423 348 19 92
RANITIDINE HCL 413 360 21 56
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 387 286 22 110
SERTRALINE HCL 376 327 23 28
MEGESTROL ACETATE 359 331 R 10 24 88
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 358 321 25 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 357 319 26 10
DIOVAN 355 320 27 31
CARVEDILOL 345 313 28 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 344 290 29 17
NOVOLIN R 337 314 30 113
TAMSULOSIN HCL 322 281 31 34
OLANZAPINE 312 227 32 116
CLOPIDOGREL 308 280 33 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 308 285 33 22
LANTUS 303 225 35 49
MELOXICAM 282 264 36 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 276 208 37 64
ADVAIR DISKUS 270 241 38 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 264 257 39 117
TRAMADOL HCL 257 222 40 18
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 235 206 41 124
CYMBALTA 235 187 41 46
ATENOLOL 223 186 43 19
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 222 204 44 57
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 219 200 45 32
AZITHROMYCIN 205 191 46 42
TRAZODONE HCL 200 175 47 48
KLOR-CON M20 197 196 48 61
DIGOXIN 196 196 49 58
PLAVIX 193 187 50 39
LATANOPROST 193 183 50 209
LEXAPRO 184 172 52 128
HUMULIN R 181 167 53 195
LOVASTATIN 178 165 54 44
SANTYL 177 170 55 170
CLONIDINE HCL 176 164 56 36
SPIRIVA 174 171 57 70
TRICOR 170 161 58 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 168 131 59 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 162 131 60 74
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 161 161 10 61 248
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 160 160 62 186
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 158 133 63 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 157 151 64 59
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 156 130 S2 65 215
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 153 136 66 154
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 122 66 13
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 151 151 68 101
ALLOPURINOL 146 116 69 33
VESICARE 141 129 70 176
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 139 130 71 94
LIPITOR 139 129 71 68
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 135 128 73 118
LEVETIRACETAM 133 66 74 120
FINASTERIDE 132 118 75 109
BACLOFEN 132 57 75 140
HYDRALAZINE HCL 132 112 75 71
PREDNISONE 131 130 78 50
EXELON 130 117 79 112
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 130 128 79 62
KLOR-CON M10 129 114 81 127
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 127 114 82 129
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 119 83 21
CRESTOR 119 106 84 25
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 115 113 85 189
ABILIFY 113 105 86 178
TIMOLOL MALEATE 113 103 86 337
DETROL LA 110 110 88 169
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 109 99 89 172
GLIPIZIDE 109 104 89 63
NOVOLOG 108 78 91 167
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107 107 92 84
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 107 90 92 115
BUMETANIDE 106 104 94 102
TRAVATAN Z 101 87 95 266
SEROQUEL 100 89 96 123
NYSTATIN 99 86 97 191
GEMFIBROZIL 93 90 98 106
HUMALOG 92 83 99 196
CLONIDINE 91 63 100 284
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 88 87 101 143
SUCRALFATE 88 88 101 160
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 85 85 103 299
FAMOTIDINE 85 85 103 89
PAROXETINE HCL 84 72 105 76
ACTOS 84 69 105 114
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 78 71 107 207
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 77 75 108 138
LIDODERM 77 54 108 221
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 65 108 99
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 76 43 R 111 81
KETOCONAZOLE 75 50 112 219
HALOPERIDOL 75 69 112 193
NYSTOP 74 69 114 305
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 66 R 114 96
AMIODARONE HCL 74 74 114 158
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 74 60 114 95
RESTASIS 74 55 114 409
PRISTIQ ER 72 72 119 241
AVODART 71 71 120 218
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 69 49 121 229
FENOFIBRATE 68 45 122 66
MUPIROCIN 67 52 123 130
VENLAFAXINE HCL 67 60 123 239
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 67 123 199
VALPROIC ACID 66 32 126 254
PATADAY 66 66 126 342
NITROSTAT 64 59 128 295
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 63 128 82
AGGRENOX 62 43 130 177
ERYTHROMYCIN 57 51 131 391
LEVEMIR 56 50 132 248
JANTOVEN 56 56 132 147
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 56 132 144
CARBAMAZEPINE 56 31 132 258
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 54 32 R 136 137
TAMIFLU 54 52 136 316
MULTAQ 53 45 138 374
AMANTADINE 53 37 138 387
GLYBURIDE 53 47 R 138 85
FLUCONAZOLE 52 43 141 139
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 52 141 291
SINGULAIR 52 51 141 91
LYRICA 52 48 141 77
ZETIA 52 46 141 87
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 42 146 40
BUPROPION HCL SR 50 50 146 250
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 40 146 75
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. 9, 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.