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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,946Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 692

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 692

854 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

3% of this provider’s 854 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 854 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$62 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 894 469 151 S3 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 725 623 114 2 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 667 471 154 3 10
FUROSEMIDE 575 473 126 4 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 562 468 115 5 6
ALPRAZOLAM 553 397 98 B 6 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 552 414 117 7 14
METFORMIN HCL 532 320 108 8 9
SIMVASTATIN 512 372 93 9 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 450 343 98 10 1
OMEPRAZOLE 397 236 79 11 8
LISINOPRIL 392 281 88 12 4
CLOPIDOGREL 350 298 66 13 17
GLIPIZIDE 315 211 71 14 62
TRAMADOL HCL 300 200 78 15 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 280 183 62 16 16
NEXIUM 274 193 54 17 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 274 225 44 17 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 269 197 54 19 23
GABAPENTIN 253 153 49 20 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 250 144 43 21 25
CARVEDILOL 249 205 46 22 21
CRESTOR 248 191 48 23 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 234 159 36 24 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 128 42 25 38
NAMENDA 213 196 24 26 29
CEPHALEXIN 203 154 138 27 142
LYRICA 203 99 38 27 70
CLONIDINE HCL 195 136 56 29 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 112 35 29 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 188 161 32 31 33
CYMBALTA 176 126 25 32 41
ALLOPURINOL 176 140 31 32 36
FAMOTIDINE* 175 125 33 34 95
TEMAZEPAM 168 138 42 B 35 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 165 111 41 36 26
DIOVAN 155 106 18 37 34
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 149 103 26 38 175
AZITHROMYCIN 146 66 94 39 51
DEXILANT 143 110 26 40 125
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 142 115 26 41 71
ATENOLOL 132 74 22 42 22
RAMIPRIL 132 74 28 42 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 124* 19 44 35
LOVAZA 128 71 18 45 128
LANTUS 126 64 30 46 61
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 124 97 92 47 116
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 118* 13 48 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 116* 19 49 32
RANITIDINE HCL 120 107 20 50 65
SERTRALINE HCL 117 81 21 51 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 107* 17 52 45
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 86 24 52 63
EXELON 111 111 24 54 112
AMOXICILLIN 102 70 87 55 107
JANUVIA 98 85 17 56 59
ROPINIROLE HCL 96 82 16 57 98
SPIRIVA 93 66 19 58 74
MEGESTROL ACETATE 93 88* 33 R 58 100
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 74 22 60 19
BENAZEPRIL HCL 91 67 15 61 47
MECLIZINE HCL 91 86* 24 61 101
COLCRYS 90 58 21 63 152
MELOXICAM 90 65 22 63 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 88 73 26 R 65 90
LORAZEPAM 87 72 16 B 66 43
ZETIA 86 57 13 67 83
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 86 55 60 67 94
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 84 68 13 A 69 50
LEVOFLOXACIN 84 56 66 69 85
SYNTHROID 83 78* 14 71 42
CLONAZEPAM 82 69 17 B 72 46
RISPERIDONE 82 61 12 A 72 86
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 56 18 R 74 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 79 67 15 75 48
EXFORGE 77 <11 <11 76 156
TRAZODONE HCL 75 52 13 77 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 45 25 77 57
BENICAR 68 63* 12 79 115
LEVETIRACETAM 66 <11 <11 80 106
KLOR-CON 10 65 25 22 81 174
CARISOPRODOL 65 <11 11 R 81 91
LACTULOSE 65 41 21 81 96
NOVOLOG 65 38 16 81 201
CELEBREX 63 47 21 85 87
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 58* 13 85 66
BACLOFEN 63 <11 <11 85 122
DILTIAZEM ER 60 <11 <11 88 196
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 45 11 88 82
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 58 36 20 S3 90 182
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 31 11 S2 90 110
FINASTERIDE 57 52* 13 92 97
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 52* 11 92 75
PREDNISONE 57 52* 14 92 53
DIAZEPAM 56 <11 <11 B 95 79
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 41 11 95 30
PAROXETINE HCL 55 <11 <11 97 84
PRISTIQ ER 55 50* 11 97 211
BENICAR HCT 55 <11 <11 97 153
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 54 49* 13 100 123
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 <11 <11 100 176
GLYBURIDE 54 54 11 R 100 141
KLOR-CON 8 53 <11 <11 103 338
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 52 47* 13 104 49
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 51 32 13 105 143
PROAIR HFA 50 23 11 106 60
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 Feb. 23, 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.