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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,635Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 132 out of 692

$672K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 193 out of 692

546 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Louisiana
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 546 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 546 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Louisiana
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 775 689 116 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 424 337 68 2 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 413 350 81 S3 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 380 335 59 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 367 334 53 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 353 271 55 6 8
LISINOPRIL 343 285 53 7 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 294 264 41 8 10
FUROSEMIDE 290 279 51 9 7
ATENOLOL 269 243 36 10 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259 224 47 11 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 256 223 42 12 13
GABAPENTIN 235 209 47 13 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 222 113 44 14 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 214 164 33 15 26
LOVASTATIN 210 191 31 16 52
TRAMADOL HCL 209 175 56 17 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 208 175 27 18 16
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 200 185 29 19 80
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 162 32 20 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176 171* 31 21 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 173 168* 35 22 23
CLOPIDOGREL 164 159* 29 23 17
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 150 130 22 24 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 149 144* 23 25 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 145 21 26 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 128 26 27 35
DIOVAN 144 139* 17 27 34
CARVEDILOL 143 143 18 29 21
ALPRAZOLAM 141 110 27 B 30 15
CLONIDINE HCL 137 105 24 31 37
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 122 117* 16 R 32 99
FENOFIBRATE* 117 104 17 33 55
NEXIUM 114 109* 18 34 18
RAMIPRIL 112 107* 14 35 77
WARFARIN SODIUM 109 104* 23 36 28
ALLOPURINOL 108 108 20 37 36
SERTRALINE HCL 107 93 17 38 31
NIFEDIPINE ER 103 98* 17 39 75
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 89 16 40 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 84 18 41 19
CEPHALEXIN 96 68 77 42 142
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 18 43 32
ETODOLAC 92 77 24 44 230
NAMENDA 92 <11 <11 44 29
FAMOTIDINE* 89 84* 13 46 95
KLOR-CON M20 87 71 16 47 72
LANTUS 86 60 12 48 61
BYSTOLIC 78 73* 12 49 81
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 63* 11 50 48
GLIPIZIDE ER 68 49 13 50 131
CYMBALTA 66 <11 <11 52 41
FINASTERIDE 66 <11 <11 52 97
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65 <11 <11 54 78
EVISTA 65 65 11 54 140
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 <11 <11 56 56
CRESTOR 64 53 11 56 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 <11 <11 58 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 63 14 58 57
MECLIZINE HCL 61 41 15 60 101
QUINAPRIL HCL 60 <11 <11 61 117
CLONAZEPAM 59 46 12 B 62 46
DIGOXIN 58 <11 <11 63 205
MELOXICAM 58 53* 17 63 24
GLIPIZIDE XL 57 <11 <11 65 134
JANUVIA 55 <11 <11 66 59
SYNTHROID 55 <11 <11 66 42
INDAPAMIDE 54 <11 <11 68 240
ZOSTAVAX 53 48* 53 69 370
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 52 47* 40 70 109
JANTOVEN 52 <11 <11 70 138
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 45* 38 72 94
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Sept. 4, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.