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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,815Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 298

$560K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 298

414 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

4% of this provider’s 414 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 414 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 12,560 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
SIMVASTATIN 701 678 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 639 625 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 587 525 3 1
LISINOPRIL 512 479 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 506 420 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 480 447 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 407 392 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 403 385 8 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 296 274 9 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 291 291 10 11
METFORMIN HCL 206 187 11 10
CRESTOR 200 183 12 26
ALLOPURINOL 198 194 13 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 189 189 14 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 188 173 15 29
CARVEDILOL 182 160 16 23
DIGOXIN 167 167 17 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 158 18 13
GABAPENTIN 160 136 19 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 153 114 S3 20 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 145 21 18
ATENOLOL 146 133 22 16
NEXIUM 142 133 23 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 122 24 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 121 25 14
SERTRALINE HCL 134 130 26 19
FENTANYL 120 95 S2 27 32
TRAMADOL HCL 102 99 28 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 99 97 29 52
TERAZOSIN HCL 97 97 30 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 95 95 31 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 92 32 24
FAMOTIDINE 94 94 32 80
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 94 32 45
CLOPIDOGREL 89 82 35 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 87 85 36 98
GLIPIZIDE XL 85 85 37 92
LANTUS 85 74 37 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 70 39 21
GEMFIBROZIL 80 71 40 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 72 40 44
PAROXETINE HCL 78 77 42 48
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 77 75 43 141
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 77 65 43 114
RISPERIDONE 76 72 45 54
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 70 45 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 55 47 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 67 48 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 64 49 38
PLAVIX 68 65 50 70
DILTIAZEM ER 66 58 51 116
FINASTERIDE 63 63 52 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 50 52 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 50 54 34
MELOXICAM 60 60 55 41
VYTORIN 58 52 56 155
CYMBALTA 54 32 57 67
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 28 58 123
DIOVAN HCT 51 51 58 130
SYNTHROID 50 47 60 42
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.