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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,738Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 298

$727K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 298

380 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%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

13% of this provider’s 380 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 380 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,327 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 706 627 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 578 508 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 576 442 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 376 328 4 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 352 313 5 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 343 322 6 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 307 292 7 6
SUCRALFATE 224 177 8 104
ALLOPURINOL 221 190 9 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 206 186 10 9
FUROSEMIDE 200 176 11 5
LISINOPRIL 193 154 12 4
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 183 155 13 135
GABAPENTIN 181 131 14 20
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 180 158 15 43
PREDNISONE 172 132 16 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 169 164 17 22
BUMETANIDE 160 135 18 71
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 158 140 S3 19 8
SERTRALINE HCL 153 141 20 19
CLONIDINE HCL 153 133 20 82
FENTANYL 151 125 S2 22 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 123 23 14
LABETALOL HCL 132 115 24 87
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 130 104 R 25 51
TRAZODONE HCL 126 109 26 39
SPIRIVA 125 87 27 55
SPIRONOLACTONE 118 106 28 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 115 28 18
DIGOXIN 117 117 30 27
CRESTOR 117 98 30 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 102 32 30
ATENOLOL 115 110 32 16
MIRTAZAPINE 108 99 34 37
RISPERIDONE 108 108 34 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 86 34 17
METFORMIN HCL 103 95 37 10
TRAMADOL HCL 99 82 38 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 97 72 39 68
NAMENDA 95 94 40 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 62 41 46
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 87 82 42 77
GLYBURIDE 85 77 R 43 76
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 85 43 117
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 48 45 24
CLOPIDOGREL 82 82 45 36
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 82 74 45 103
PAROXETINE HCL 77 77 48 48
LANTUS 77 52 48 53
METFORMIN HCL ER 73 59 50 57
GLIPIZIDE 72 57 51 69
NEXIUM 72 39 51 40
KLOR-CON 10 68 68 53 61
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 67 46 54 75
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 42 54 50
PROPRANOLOL HCL 64 57 56 85
FINASTERIDE 63 60 57 66
PLAVIX 61 57 58 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 55 58 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 53 60 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 58 61 49
CARBAMAZEPINE 56 44 62 105
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 56 48 62 150
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 44 62 101
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 54 65 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 47 66 110
TIZANIDINE HCL 53 14 67 231
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 30 68 25
BUPROPION HCL SR 51 36 69 133
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 37 69 138
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 Nov. 25, 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.