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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,111Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 99 out of 298

$292K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 103 out of 298

247 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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

11% of this provider’s 247 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 5,747 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 319 296 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 283 279 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 233 225 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 218 215 4 1
MELOXICAM 189 187 5 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 182 166 6 14
FUROSEMIDE 178 174 7 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 152 144 8 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 148 143 9 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 136 114 S3 10 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136 136 10 12
BENAZEPRIL HCL 133 130 12 52
LISINOPRIL 129 125 13 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 128 115 14 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 112 112 R 15 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 102 101 16 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 91 91 17 21
METFORMIN HCL 88 79 18 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 84 19 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 86 86 19 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 82 21 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 22 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 74 23 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 24 44
ALLOPURINOL 74 69 25 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 54 26 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 65 27 30
ATENOLOL 64 56 28 16
SYNTHROID 60 43 29 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 51 30 98
TRAZODONE HCL 59 51 30 39
AZITHROMYCIN 52 49 32 63
EVISTA 51 51 33 134
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 Feb. 11, 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.