ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

46,567Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 692

$2.67M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 692

1,061 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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 1,061 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 1,061 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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
LISINOPRIL 1,484 1,294 247 1 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,288 1,132 214 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 1,220 1,160 190 3 7
NAMENDA 1,151 1,111 85 4 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,147 1,016 191 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 973 862 149 6 2
OMEPRAZOLE 935 810 156 7 8
CARVEDILOL 881 786 135 8 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 881 865 134 8 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 830 782 121 10 14
NEXIUM 813 632 98 11 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 771 682 124 12 16
SERTRALINE HCL 761 716 123 13 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 730 593 83 14 102
GABAPENTIN 722 645 123 15 12
DIOVAN 622 563 59 16 34
SIMVASTATIN 609 550 110 17 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 590 520 73 A 18 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 589 478 129 S3 19 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 586 476 62 20 28
RISPERIDONE 570 473 72 A 21 86
LORAZEPAM 518 442 104 B 22 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 484 381 77 23 35
CLOPIDOGREL 481 440 80 24 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 479 431 89 25 23
CYMBALTA 476 419 33 26 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 459 441 104 27 11
ALLOPURINOL 437 390 60 28 36
LACTULOSE 423 322 96 29 96
MIRTAZAPINE 416 402 73 30 76
TRAZODONE HCL 411 324 81 31 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 375 359 54 32 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 358 330 58 33 13
SYNTHROID 335 296 29 34 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 331 290 59 35 33
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 319 287 85 36 69
JANUVIA 311 255 27 37 59
METFORMIN HCL 306 216 70 38 9
CRESTOR 305 277 39 39 27
LATANOPROST 279 259 43 40 209
CELEBREX 274 269* 32 41 87
LANTUS 263 233 47 42 61
CITALOPRAM HBR 261 220 41 43 26
OLANZAPINE 261 163 19 A 43 105
AVODART 257 206 20 45 184
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 254 229 53 46 10
PREDNISONE 244 209 44 47 53
RANITIDINE HCL 239 218 47 48 65
SPIRIVA 238 213 47 49 74
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 236 218 58 50 39
MELOXICAM 225 181 55 51 24
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 211 131 22 R 52 144
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 206 193 26 R 53 99
TRAMADOL HCL 200 184 52 54 20
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 199 118 12 A 55 197
SANTYL 197 144 55 56 198
LEVETIRACETAM 197 124 27 56 106
ADVAIR DISKUS 195 172 37 58 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 192 142 39 59 25
DIAZEPAM 186 128 30 B 60 79
SPIRONOLACTONE 185 156 28 61 82
TRADJENTA 183 157 19 62 194
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 182 146 74 63 168
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 179 174* 28 64 66
ABILIFY 178 <11 <11 A 65 121
VESICARE 176 160 20 66 108
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 175 141 32 67 19
ALPRAZOLAM 172 167* 23 B 68 15
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 170 152 38 69 49
BUMETANIDE 164 144 25 70 104
GLIPIZIDE 163 142 25 71 62
CLONIDINE HCL 163 145 31 71 37
LOVASTATIN 162 127 32 73 52
EVISTA 162 157* 23 73 140
ATENOLOL 160 136 28 75 22
HYDRALAZINE HCL 155 140 30 76 68
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 153 121 105 77 109
LYRICA 150 134 24 78 70
FAMOTIDINE* 144 123 43 79 95
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 133* 28 80 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 137 87 27 81 73
TEMAZEPAM 133 128* 33 B 82 67
AMITIZA 133 128* 11 82 170
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 128 88 36 84 227
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 127 89 15 85 93
FINASTERIDE 126 121* 19 86 97
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 125 105 18 87 154
CARBAMAZEPINE 123 84 13 88 247
ZETIA 123 123 12 88 83
PAROXETINE HCL 120 103 19 90 84
MUPIROCIN* 119 95 70 91 145
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 119 81 22 91 130
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 118 113* 20 93 292
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 114 103 19 94 71
AGGRENOX 112 <11 <11 95 158
BENAZEPRIL HCL 112 97 20 95 47
IRBESARTAN 111 111 25 97 132
MECLIZINE HCL 109 83 31 98 101
TIZANIDINE HCL 109 81 25 98 111
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 96 15 100 80
NIFEDIPINE ER 105 100* 16 101 75
CEPHALEXIN 104 90 62 102 142
DIGOX 102 97* 25 103 88
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 101 96* 15 104 139
CEFUROXIME 101 96* 80 104 159
TIMOLOL MALEATE 101 96* 16 104 343
CLONAZEPAM 100 72 19 B 107 46
NYSTATIN 99 94* 56 108 162
VERAPAMIL ER 98 93* 13 109 103
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 96 91* 16 110 123
RAMIPRIL 93 75 15 111 77
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 92 79 71 112 94
AZITHROMYCIN 91 80 78 113 51
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 91 65 67 113 116
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 91 86* 14 113 403
FENOFIBRATE* 90 68 17 116 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 89 84* 16 117 56
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 89 78 12 117 312
LANSOPRAZOLE 88 83* 19 119 215
XARELTO 88 83* 13 119 151
LEVEMIR 88 83* 16 119 251
LOPERAMIDE 87 <11 <11 122 334
TRAVATAN Z 86 81* 14 123 289
METOLAZONE 86 60 16 123 190
VALPROIC ACID* 85 32 14 125 286
CILOSTAZOL 85 <11 <11 125 234
EXELON 84 79* 14 127 112
PROAIR HFA 83 78* 26 128 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 80 18 129 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 78 15 130 232
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 77 72* 24 131 40
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 77 52 18 131 78
RENVELA 77 45 11 131 186
BACLOFEN 75 <11 <11 134 122
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 74 69* 27 135 176
RISPERDAL CONSTA 73 <11 <11 A 136 344
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 73 62 36 136 180
COMBIGAN 72 <11 <11 138 383
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 66* 59 139 64
NOVOLOG 71 66* 31 139 201
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 70 65* 14 141 176
ENABLEX 70 <11 <11 141 278
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 70 <11 <11 141 370
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 69 <11 <11 144 257
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 68 48 12 145 127
KLOR-CON M10 67 62* 17 146 155
METFORMIN HCL ER 65 60* 16 147 54
OXCARBAZEPINE 63 29 11 148 262
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 61 <11 <11 149 143
CARTIA XT 60 60 12 150 307
PHENYTOIN 60 <11 <11 150 277
BUPROPION XL 60 <11 <11 150 126
GLIPIZIDE XL 59 <11 <11 153 134
FENTANYL 59 <11 <11 S2 153 171
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 <11 <11 153 129
SEROQUEL XR 57 <11 <11 A 156 192
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 57 52* 47 156 92
AMIODARONE HCL 56 51* 14 158 166
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 56 15 158 38
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56 20 16 158 165
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 50* 19 S2 161 202
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 35 13 S2 161 110
RIVASTIGMINE 54 <11 <11 163 279
NAMENDA XR 53 <11 <11 164 348
PRADAXA 52 <11 <11 165 231
CHOLESTYRAMINE 52 47* 16 165 395
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 52 <11 <11 165 175
LAMOTRIGINE 52 <11 <11 165 250
NITROSTAT 51 46* 37 169 255
KLOR-CON M20 51 46* 13 169 72
DILTIAZEM ER 51 <11 <11 169 196
DETROL LA 50 <11 <11 172 137
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to checkup@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to checkup@propublica.org.

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 March 17, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.