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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,412Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 103

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 103

355 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 355 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,075 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 244 239 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 242 238 2 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 172 157 3 8
FUROSEMIDE 168 159 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 148 142 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 132 118 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 128 112 7 13
MELOXICAM 123 122 8 49
LISINOPRIL 122 116 9 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 104 10 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 98 11 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97 97 12 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 77 13 10
ALLOPURINOL 79 74 14 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 74 15 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 72 15 19
CARVEDILOL 71 70 17 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 66 59 18 29
SERTRALINE HCL 63 48 19 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 58 19 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 46 19 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 57 22 47
SPIRIVA 60 58 22 64
PROAIR HFA 57 57 24 116
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 43 S3 25 11
ZETIA 55 50 26 66
PAROXETINE HCL 54 54 27 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 50 28 59
CLOPIDOGREL 52 52 29 32
ATENOLOL 52 48 29 14
DIGOXIN 50 49 31 25
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. 6, 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.