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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,645Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 300

$827K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 300

777 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
39%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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

62% of this provider’s 777 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 777 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 3,811 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $81 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 2,220 893 S3 1 1
OXYCODONE HCL 1,561 364 S2 2 30
GABAPENTIN 1,129 405 3 7
MORPHINE SULFATE 866 240 S2 10 4 111
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 860 266 S2 5 45
METHADONE HCL 835 211 S2 6 74
CARISOPRODOL 606 92 R 7 36
TIZANIDINE HCL 574 86 8 42
OXYCONTIN 467 75 S2 9 110
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 446 122 S2 10 62
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 433 128 R 11 71
FENTANYL 278 160 S2 12 95
LYRICA 234 53 13 55
ENDOCET 185 37 S2 14 205
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 56 15 21
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 159 46 S2 16 309
TRAMADOL HCL 148 81 17 23
NAPROXEN SODIUM 141 37 18 269
BACLOFEN 126 34 19 106
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 96 30 20 179
VOLTAREN 87 15 21 232
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 18 R 22 66
CYMBALTA 76 31 23 37
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 62 37 24 205
MELOXICAM 61 17 25 27
OPANA ER 55 21 S2 26 246
TOPIRAMATE 52 11 27 85
LUNESTA 51 34 28 239
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.