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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,587Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 103

$568K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 103

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

9% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 489 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 12,399 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
OMEPRAZOLE 734 694 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 728 687 2 2
LISINOPRIL 502 484 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 434 430 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 429 418 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 400 389 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 293 265 7 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 292 279 8 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 286 283 9 1
SERTRALINE HCL 285 232 10 21
PREDNISONE 245 221 11 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 239 239 12 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 232 209 13 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 164 14 18
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 174 174 15 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 167 127 S3 16 11
TRAMADOL HCL 162 143 17 17
KLOR-CON 10 159 159 18 45
NAMENDA 159 147 18 41
ATENOLOL 156 134 20 14
CRESTOR 156 151 20 27
CARVEDILOL 146 143 22 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 140 23 16
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 136 136 24 68
CEFDINIR 133 112 25 133
TAMSULOSIN HCL 130 130 26 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 120 111 27 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 102 28 48
AZITHROMYCIN 109 81 29 44
DIGOXIN 107 104 30 25
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 104 102 31 90
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 96 32 30
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 78 33 153
OXYCODONE HCL 90 57 S2 34 85
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 90 34 19
DILTIAZEM ER 90 90 34 130
FENTANYL 90 43 S2 34 34
LEVOXYL 89 80 38 185
GLIMEPIRIDE 85 74 39 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 77 40 37
DIOVAN HCT 82 75 41 129
GABAPENTIN 82 41 41 22
RANITIDINE HCL 82 71 41 53
KLOR-CON M20 78 78 44 56
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 78 78 44 63
ALLOPURINOL 77 76 46 26
METOLAZONE 76 76 47 111
CLOPIDOGREL 74 74 48 32
LEVOTHROID 73 67 49 195
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 71 59 50 33
CYMBALTA 70 47 51 60
NEXIUM 70 59 51 43
LOVASTATIN 65 65 53 67
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 55 54 47
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 62 62 55 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 61 44 56 29
GENERLAC 61 61 56 163
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 48 58 59
SUCRALFATE 56 47 58 160
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 55 53 60 223
EXELON 55 43 60 124
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 53 62 28
DIOVAN 52 52 63 40
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 40 63 74
VENTOLIN HFA 51 37 65 141
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 48 66 15
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 April 29, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.