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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,147Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 103

$447K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 103

320 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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

10% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,770 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 332 315 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 247 241 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 237 3 7
FUROSEMIDE 231 222 4 4
LISINOPRIL 217 210 5 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 206 195 6 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 201 193 7 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 183 182 8 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 153 149 9 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 150 135 10 12
OMEPRAZOLE 146 142 11 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 144 101 S3 12 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 124 13 10
DIGOXIN 124 124 14 25
ATENOLOL 106 106 15 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 101 16 16
SYNTHROID 105 105 16 51
METFORMIN HCL 95 91 18 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 92 92 19 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 89 89 20 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 79 21 23
ALLOPURINOL 80 80 22 26
RENACIDIN 67 67 10 23 200
TRAMADOL HCL 66 57 24 17
FAMOTIDINE 66 66 24 78
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 58 26 19
VERAPAMIL ER 62 62 26 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 49 28 42
VESICARE 58 58 28 105
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 48 30 29
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 53 30 75
PREMARIN 52 52 R 32 149
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 46 33 61
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 Jan. 24, 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.