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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,368Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 103

$901K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 103

401 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 401 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,534 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
OMEPRAZOLE 416 325 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 407 302 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 370 277 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 367 281 4 9
RANITIDINE HCL 275 172 5 53
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 271 123 S3 6 11
FUROSEMIDE 243 171 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 238 145 8 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 215 154 9 7
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 186 138 10 79
ATENOLOL 168 93 11 14
NEXIUM 163 107 12 43
ALLOPURINOL 160 120 13 26
FINASTERIDE 150 140 14 69
GABAPENTIN 149 98 15 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 143 70 16 31
CARVEDILOL 135 114 17 20
CRESTOR 132 74 18 27
JANUVIA 128 96 19 71
TRAMADOL HCL 127 98 20 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 124 106 21 6
DIGOXIN 124 84 21 25
MIRTAZAPINE 123 122 23 36
CLOPIDOGREL 122 107 24 32
LISINOPRIL 122 89 24 5
ACTOS 118 80 26 102
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116 102 27 10
GEMFIBROZIL 114 79 28 62
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 109 95 29 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 109 105 29 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 56 31 19
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 103 52 32 74
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 76 33 16
MELOXICAM 94 40 34 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 94 60 34 30
FENTANYL 92 62 S2 36 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 89 36 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 78 38 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 52 39 42
PLAVIX 89 75 39 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 69 39 8
SUCRALFATE 88 65 42 160
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 86 63 43 107
ABILIFY 84 38 44 186
FAMOTIDINE 84 84 44 78
GLIPIZIDE 84 78 44 65
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 83 55 R 47 187
DIOVAN 83 62 47 40
TOPIRAMATE 82 34 49 189
LOVASTATIN 80 49 50 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 79 42 51 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 29 R 52 83
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 55 52 77
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 74 47 R 54 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 74 47 54 18
LANTUS 71 70 56 39
NAMENDA 70 70 57 41
URSODIOL 69 48 58 197
AZITHROMYCIN 66 44 59 44
AMIODARONE HCL 65 57 60 202
BUMETANIDE 64 64 61 132
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 48 62 90
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 62 55 S3 62 122
PROBENECID-COLCHICINE 58 48 64 214
IBUPROFEN 56 18 65 219
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 56 56 65 89
LOVAZA 55 20 67 223
METRONIDAZOLE 55 35 67 223
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 54 37 69 142
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 36 70 134
PREMARIN 53 44 R 70 149
TRAZODONE HCL 52 23 72 52
PAROXETINE HCL 51 24 73 81
MECLIZINE HCL 50 48 74 176
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 46 74 134
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. 3, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.