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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,281Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 103

$604K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 103

500 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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

3% of this provider’s 500 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 500 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 13,662 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
SIMVASTATIN 765 754 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 556 539 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 529 508 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 512 500 4 1
LISINOPRIL 459 448 5 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 450 440 6 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 387 374 7 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 386 374 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 363 338 9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 340 338 10 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 333 333 11 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 329 295 12 15
METFORMIN HCL 252 252 13 13
ATENOLOL 248 248 14 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 243 228 15 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 215 16 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 206 206 17 7
TRAMADOL HCL 196 181 18 17
CRESTOR 185 168 19 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 184 168 S3 20 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 156 21 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 180 180 21 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 166 166 23 38
KLOR-CON M20 159 154 24 56
SYNTHROID 152 138 25 51
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 144 134 26 61
SERTRALINE HCL 137 137 27 21
GABAPENTIN 130 130 28 22
GEMFIBROZIL 112 97 29 62
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 109 109 30 37
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109 105 30 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 103 101 32 33
CLOPIDOGREL 96 90 33 32
DIGOXIN 95 95 34 25
TRAZODONE HCL 89 75 35 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 88 36 31
DIOVAN 85 85 37 40
MIRTAZAPINE 80 77 38 36
ALLOPURINOL 79 73 39 26
VESICARE 78 78 40 105
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78 76 40 73
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 74 42 47
NAMENDA 73 73 43 41
QUINAPRIL HCL 72 72 44 131
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 68 R 45 54
CARVEDILOL 70 70 45 20
VERAPAMIL ER 69 55 47 91
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 66 48 30
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 66 48 101
IRBESARTAN 65 65 50 125
LANTUS 64 64 51 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 63 51 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 62 53 23
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 62 62 53 74
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 56 55 92
EVISTA 58 58 56 117
GLIPIZIDE XL 57 57 57 120
PLAVIX 56 51 58 46
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 55 59 110
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 53 60 87
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 33 61 134
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 April 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.