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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,938Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 38

$311K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 38

800 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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 6,129 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $73 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 1,152 1,035 1 1
LISINOPRIL 596 537 2 2
CLOPIDOGREL 371 316 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 310 261 4 5
DIGOXIN 308 268 5 11
FUROSEMIDE 280 257 6 8
PLAVIX 264 233 7 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 258 222 8 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 257 231 9 7
CARVEDILOL 231 201 10 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 188 11 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 201 171 12 15
SIMVASTATIN 187 178 13 3
SPIRONOLACTONE 156 130 14 19
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 153 132 15 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 114 16 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 127 114 17 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 120 108 18 9
CRESTOR 118 110 19 13
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 107 94 20 22
ATENOLOL 102 87 21 17
NITROSTAT 100 87 22 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 86 73 23 16
DIOVAN 69 57 24 39
PRADAXA 69 66 24 25
RANEXA 60 52 26 49
MULTAQ 53 53 27 43
FAMOTIDINE 51 40 28 42
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 March 26, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.