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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,206Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 103

$644K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 103

551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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
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this specialty
in South Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,023 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 614 559 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 611 584 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 549 503 3 3
LISINOPRIL 461 429 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 453 441 5 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 404 389 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 398 367 7 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 369 347 8 10
ATENOLOL 340 297 9 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 333 10 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 295 235 S3 11 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 263 261 12 8
PREDNISONE 223 216 13 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 217 217 14 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 191 15 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 177 164 16 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 171 163 17 15
ALLOPURINOL 171 160 17 26
PAROXETINE HCL 164 160 19 81
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 158 158 20 68
GLIPIZIDE 155 151 21 65
SERTRALINE HCL 140 127 22 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 135 128 23 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 128 109 24 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 118 24 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 121 26 19
METFORMIN HCL 115 108 27 13
DIGOXIN 106 95 28 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 69 29 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 105 101 29 57
CARVEDILOL 104 104 31 20
CLOPIDOGREL 103 103 32 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 98 33 12
CRESTOR 99 97 34 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 99 94 34 29
AZITHROMYCIN 99 94 34 44
LANTUS 94 94 37 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 89 89 38 33
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 84 84 39 89
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 83 81 40 38
PROPRANOLOL HCL 82 82 41 87
MIRTAZAPINE 78 77 42 36
LIDOCAINE HCL 78 78 42 192
GABAPENTIN 75 51 44 22
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 75 69 44 107
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 72 46 47
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 71 71 47 84
GLYBURIDE 70 57 R 48 76
DIOVAN 69 69 49 40
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 69 67 49 112
NAMENDA 68 68 51 41
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 68 51 61
NEXIUM 65 31 53 43
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 63 0 S2 54 206
DETROL LA 62 55 55 146
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 61 51 56 79
CEPHALEXIN 60 58 57 72
PLAVIX 60 60 57 46
FENTANYL 59 50 S2 59 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 58 52 60 73
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 52 61 75
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 54 62 42
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 55 55 62 106
LYRICA 54 44 64 109
FAMOTIDINE 52 52 65 78
NOVOLIN R 52 52 65 234
METOLAZONE 51 50 67 111
LOVASTATIN 51 41 67 67
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 Aug. 10, 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.