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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,507Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 38

$298K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 38

666 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,968 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$35 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 660 629 1 1
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 598 580 2 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 569 557 3 7
DIGOXIN 500 444 4 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 460 413 5 5
LISINOPRIL 374 352 6 2
FUROSEMIDE 364 339 7 8
CARVEDILOL 358 307 8 4
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 340 328 10 9 22
CRESTOR 338 328 10 13
SIMVASTATIN 284 282 11 3
CLOPIDOGREL 261 252 12 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 240 229 13 9
SPIRONOLACTONE 216 191 14 19
PLAVIX 171 169 15 12
ATENOLOL 156 156 16 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 109 17 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 100 18 37
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 116 100 19 21
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 114 114 20 50
CARTIA XT 114 108 20 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 97 22 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 104 23 16
NITROSTAT 101 97 24 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 88 25 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 80 26 18
OMEPRAZOLE 69 68 27 36
PRADAXA 67 67 28 25
AMIODARONE HCL 62 62 29 26
VERAPAMIL ER 61 49 30 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 54 31 23
CILOSTAZOL 57 57 32 60
TORSEMIDE 55 55 33 64
DILTIAZEM ER 53 53 34 35
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 Sept. 19, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.