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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,695Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 103

$708K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 103

303 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

14% of this provider’s 303 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 303 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,859 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 594 476 S3 1 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 479 409 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 442 362 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 431 418 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 391 350 5 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 362 338 6 15
LISINOPRIL 348 303 7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 318 285 8 6
MIRTAZAPINE 279 267 9 36
FUROSEMIDE 277 231 10 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 223 209 11 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 197 159 12 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 186 164 13 8
CARVEDILOL 185 176 14 20
PREDNISONE 165 122 15 24
TRAMADOL HCL 153 134 16 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 132 17 10
RANITIDINE HCL 140 139 18 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 130 109 19 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 110 20 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120 105 21 73
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 89 22 31
CLOPIDOGREL 114 102 23 32
METFORMIN HCL 108 92 24 13
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 98 75 25 158
NAMENDA 92 91 26 41
PLAVIX 87 84 27 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 73 27 29
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 87 48 27 160
RISPERIDONE 86 81 30 88
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 73 31 18
SERTRALINE HCL 83 67 31 21
PAROXETINE HCL 83 79 31 81
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 81 40 S2 34 145
ATENOLOL 80 77 35 14
DIOVAN 77 68 36 40
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 64 37 55
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 60 S2 38 123
GENERLAC 73 73 38 163
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 65 40 23
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 65 40 107
EXELON 69 69 42 124
KLOR-CON 10 67 60 43 45
ALLOPURINOL 61 43 44 26
MUPIROCIN 60 55 45 211
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 60 60 45 106
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 46 45 42
KLOR-CON M20 59 48 48 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 55 49 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 41 50 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 50 51 59
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 53 S3 51 122
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 49 53 107
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 49 54 37
ENULOSE 50 50 54 240
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 50 29 54 179
OXYCODONE HCL 50 27 S2 54 85
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 Feb. 21, 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.