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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,268Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 446 out of 890

$306K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 420 out of 890

383 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 383 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,625 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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
METFORMIN HCL 182 165 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 173 153 2 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 136 116 3 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 104 4 9
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 113 90 5 70
SIMVASTATIN 112 104 6 5
NIFEDIPINE ER 111 101 7 75
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 88 77 8 1
JANUVIA 84 80 9 59
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 74 10 13
LISINOPRIL 79 62 11 4
GABAPENTIN 78 73 12 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 68 13 34
SYNTHROID 73 63 14 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 72 72 15 41
FUROSEMIDE 71 58 16 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 60 17 17
OMEPRAZOLE 65 52 17 8
INDAPAMIDE 62 58 19 148
RANITIDINE HCL 60 53 20 49
PAROXETINE HCL 56 47 21 68
PLAVIX 54 54 22 42
CYMBALTA 52 49 23 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 41 24 39
LIPITOR 51 51 24 77
TRAZODONE HCL 50 47 26 40
SERTRALINE HCL 50 45 26 26
TRAMADOL HCL 50 45 26 16
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 Oct. 6, 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.