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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,098Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 298

$532K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 298

591 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

8% of this provider’s 591 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 591 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 8,631 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 453 375 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 396 376 2 5
LISINOPRIL 360 265 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 133 S3 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 316 225 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 312 293 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 290 252 7 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 245 232 8 7
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 233 203 9 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 220 183 10 12
TRAMADOL HCL 216 141 11 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 214 211 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 199 152 13 10
CARVEDILOL 183 146 14 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 126 15 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 151 150 16 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 128 127 17 24
PAROXETINE HCL 117 95 18 48
DIGOXIN 116 104 19 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 110 20 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 95 21 13
PREDNISONE 105 73 22 33
GABAPENTIN 105 51 22 20
SERTRALINE HCL 101 75 24 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 94 39 25 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 94 25 14
SINGULAIR 92 62 27 136
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 64 28 38
ALLOPURINOL 86 82 29 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 59 30 21
NAMENDA 78 71 31 35
MORPHINE SULFATE 77 17 S2 32 164
NEXIUM 77 35 32 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 69 34 31
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 52 35 56
GLYBURIDE 74 59 R 36 76
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 42 S2 37 152
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 73 37 18
SPIRIVA 72 51 39 55
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 65 40 46
ETODOLAC 71 30 40 171
PREMARIN 69 47 R 42 110
RISPERIDONE 66 65 43 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 31 44 25
PLAVIX 64 64 45 70
ATENOLOL 63 52 46 16
TRAZODONE HCL 63 39 46 39
FENTANYL 62 46 S2 48 32
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 38 R 49 100
OXYCODONE HCL 59 15 S2 49 79
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 46 51 77
CLONIDINE HCL 58 46 51 82
MELOXICAM 57 32 53 41
CLOPIDOGREL 53 53 54 36
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 47 55 123
AVODART 52 40 55 115
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 34 57 198
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 43 57 101
LANTUS 50 32 59 53
RANITIDINE HCL 50 50 59 59
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. 29, 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.