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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,584Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 298

$391K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 62 out of 298

299 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 299 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 299 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,037 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
OMEPRAZOLE 325 279 1 3
LISINOPRIL 238 206 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 204 163 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 202 174 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 186 132 5 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 164 138 6 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 143 124 7 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 130 95 8 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 124 122 9 6
CYMBALTA 109 63 10 67
TRAMADOL HCL 100 57 11 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 25 S3 12 8
SERTRALINE HCL 90 85 13 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 90 78 13 22
METFORMIN HCL 84 84 15 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 61 16 14
ZETIA 78 58 17 83
NAMENDA 77 77 18 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 65 18 13
SPIRIVA 76 71 20 55
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 59 21 9
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71 56 22 90
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 69 61 23 74
GABAPENTIN 68 37 24 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 57 25 46
MELOXICAM 62 41 26 41
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 54 R 27 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 44 27 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 60 51 29 7
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 58 30 114
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 47 31 18
CRESTOR 53 42 32 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 35 33 34
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. 5, 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.