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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,722Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 103

$713K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 103

685 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

8% of this provider’s 685 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 685 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 11,891 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 782 689 1 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 553 499 2 33
OMEPRAZOLE 553 493 2 3
LISINOPRIL 440 384 4 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 438 396 5 8
SIMVASTATIN 379 349 6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 365 340 7 10
FUROSEMIDE 310 274 8 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 250 9 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 266 251 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 266 260 10 9
CHLORTHALIDONE 244 230 12 113
TRAMADOL HCL 241 213 13 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 216 211 14 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 192 178 15 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 187 142 16 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 182 174 17 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 182 178 17 7
ATENOLOL 171 145 19 14
CARVEDILOL 156 154 20 20
METFORMIN HCL 151 127 21 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 137 S3 22 11
FENOFIBRATE 135 80 23 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 118 23 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 90 25 35
NEXIUM 123 98 26 43
OXYCODONE HCL 119 79 S2 27 85
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 118 116 28 38
GABAPENTIN 117 104 29 22
DIGOXIN 114 110 30 25
PREDNISONE 110 93 31 24
HUMALOG 97 65 32 159
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 83 33 16
FENTANYL 90 90 S2 34 34
SERTRALINE HCL 86 59 35 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 82 82 36 30
ALLOPURINOL 81 81 37 26
CRESTOR 80 71 38 27
CYMBALTA 79 74 39 60
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 64 R 39 54
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 78 58 41 79
NOVOLIN N 73 66 42 168
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 35 42 42
DIOVAN 68 63 44 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 66 63 45 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 65 46 37
SYMBICORT 64 55 47 204
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 59 47 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 61 49 92
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 46 49 144
GLIMEPIRIDE 61 61 51 50
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 53 51 57
PLAVIX 61 54 51 46
METOLAZONE 58 56 54 111
CLOPIDOGREL 58 49 54 32
HUMULIN N 57 28 56 163
DILTIAZEM ER 56 41 57 130
VERAPAMIL ER 56 49 57 91
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 36 57 75
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 47 57 97
OXYCONTIN 52 52 S2 61 140
CEPHALEXIN 52 47 61 72
VENTOLIN HFA 52 31 61 141
KLOR-CON 10 51 49 64 45
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.