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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,323Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 103

$657K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 103

516 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

6% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 516 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 13,867 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

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
FUROSEMIDE 842 769 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 811 719 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 678 596 3 1
LISINOPRIL 606 518 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 591 523 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 538 499 6 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 522 470 7 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 473 421 8 50
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 450 414 9 10
METFORMIN HCL 316 251 10 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 277 259 11 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 271 252 12 6
GABAPENTIN 247 201 13 22
PREDNISONE 247 240 13 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 245 212 S3 15 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 232 225 16 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 202 17 16
SERTRALINE HCL 185 165 18 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 167 161 19 28
MELOXICAM 149 149 20 49
FENOFIBRATE 141 125 21 58
TRAZODONE HCL 139 112 22 52
ALLOPURINOL 139 126 22 26
DIGOXIN 133 130 24 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 117 24 18
TRAMADOL HCL 126 90 26 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 125 122 27 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 119 117 28 55
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 113 29 119
ATENOLOL 110 79 30 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 109 109 31 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 95 32 8
CARVEDILOL 100 95 33 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 88 34 47
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 92 35 12
DILTIAZEM ER 93 82 36 130
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 89 37 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 88 78 R 38 54
AZITHROMYCIN 87 65 39 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 76 40 33
GEMFIBROZIL 82 63 41 62
CYMBALTA 81 58 42 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 52 43 42
LYRICA 78 33 44 109
CLOZAPINE 77 0 45 152
KLOR-CON 10 77 75 45 45
PREMARIN 76 75 R 47 149
RISPERIDONE 75 45 48 88
SPIRIVA 74 42 49 64
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 61 50 77
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 71 46 51 74
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 60 51 57
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 58 53 97
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 58 54 95
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 56 54 84
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 61 50 56 86
CELEBREX 61 49 56 137
LANTUS 61 53 56 39
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 54 59 75
VOLTAREN 57 50 60 217
METOLAZONE 55 54 61 111
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 48 61 61
ZETIA 53 53 63 66
PAROXETINE HCL 53 53 63 81
SYNTHROID 53 47 63 51
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 50 50 66 176
LOVASTATIN 50 38 66 67
VESICARE 50 50 66 105
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. 14, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.