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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,612Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 115 out of 298

$242K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 129 out of 298

176 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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 South Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 176 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 176 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,065 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 South Dakota
SIMVASTATIN 271 226 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 269 194 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 232 120 3 3
LISINOPRIL 178 121 4 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 120 5 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 138 102 6 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 114 7 13
FUROSEMIDE 120 111 8 5
LOVASTATIN 116 103 9 64
PRENATAL PLUS 103 26 10 174
TRAMADOL HCL 102 78 11 15
METFORMIN HCL 99 42 12 10
ATENOLOL 97 87 13 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 93 93 14 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 88 79 15 58
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 86 69 16 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 55 17 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 85 81 17 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 71 19 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 70 70 20 12
NAMENDA 64 54 21 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 29 21 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 61 23 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 26 24 29
DIGOXIN 55 44 25 27
CLOPIDOGREL 54 51 26 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 27 27 34
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 37 28 81
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 Nov. 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.