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Prescriber Checkup

SMITA RAJASEKARAN M.D.

711 WEST ADAMS STREET BLACK RIVER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Black river falls | Wisconsin | 54615

(715) 284-5361

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,196Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 155 out of 944

$371K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 382 out of 944

418 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 418 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 418 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 9,805 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 Wisconsin
WARFARIN SODIUM 523 520 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 421 417 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 385 378 3 1
LISINOPRIL 372 360 4 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 363 358 5 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 351 343 S3 6 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 345 333 7 2
SERTRALINE HCL 284 279 8 23
OMEPRAZOLE 281 261 9 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 277 273 10 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 248 244 11 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 232 227 12 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 161 13 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 164 150 14 19
MIRTAZAPINE 160 160 15 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 147 147 16 85
FENTANYL 145 145 S2 17 57
TRAZODONE HCL 133 132 18 45
METFORMIN HCL 131 129 19 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 126 126 20 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 120 21 16
TRAMADOL HCL 122 108 22 21
GABAPENTIN 108 101 23 18
RISPERIDONE 100 100 24 78
PAROXETINE HCL 100 92 24 64
ALLOPURINOL 100 100 24 22
OXYCODONE HCL 98 97 S2 27 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 96 87 28 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 95 95 29 13
PREDNISONE 92 88 30 32
CRESTOR 92 90 30 28
ATENOLOL 81 75 32 11
BUSPIRONE HCL 79 71 33 153
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 74 34 48
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 75 75 S2 35 80
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 70 36 61
RANITIDINE HCL 70 53 37 42
CLOPIDOGREL 67 67 38 36
TOPIRAMATE 65 62 39 189
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 60 40 90
CARVEDILOL 63 61 41 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 58 42 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 59 43 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 57 44 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 56 45 47
DIOVAN 53 53 46 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 51 47 20
CYMBALTA 50 49 48 75
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 Dec. 6, 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.