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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,157Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 103

$532K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 103

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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

5% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 473 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 11,080 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
OMEPRAZOLE 524 452 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 507 475 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 471 456 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 460 453 4 1
LISINOPRIL 456 380 5 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 353 328 6 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 316 299 7 7
FUROSEMIDE 269 249 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 266 250 9 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 260 256 10 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 242 230 11 23
ATENOLOL 237 237 12 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 198 198 13 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 182 179 14 18
SERTRALINE HCL 174 172 15 21
FINASTERIDE 171 157 16 69
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 164 150 S3 17 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 164 143 17 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 158 145 19 50
ALLOPURINOL 134 123 20 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 130 120 21 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 122 93 22 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 104 23 28
PREDNISONE 115 102 24 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 113 25 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 88 26 47
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 107 106 26 31
TRAMADOL HCL 106 93 28 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 104 93 29 29
CLOPIDOGREL 103 96 30 32
GABAPENTIN 97 86 31 22
DIGOXIN 94 93 32 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 66 33 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 77 34 19
CARVEDILOL 81 71 35 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 56 35 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 75 37 33
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 73 68 38 74
JANTOVEN 72 64 39 100
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 69 68 40 112
CITALOPRAM HBR 66 66 41 15
IRBESARTAN 64 64 42 125
LANTUS 63 63 43 39
SYNTHROID 62 62 44 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 62 44 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 50 R 44 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 47 61
PLAVIX 59 55 47 46
OLANZAPINE 58 43 49 136
TEKTURNA 58 58 49 214
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 51 51 59
TRAZODONE HCL 56 38 51 52
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 42 53 87
FENTANYL 55 54 S2 53 34
CRESTOR 54 54 55 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 56 37
NAMENDA 53 53 56 41
DIOVAN 50 49 58 40
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 27 58 79
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. 4, 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.