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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,185Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 93 out of 298

$366K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 71 out of 298

266 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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
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this specialty
in South Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 266 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 266 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,468 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 208 192 1 3
LISINOPRIL 207 168 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 191 191 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 177 174 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 167 155 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 155 130 6 10
SIMVASTATIN 154 150 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 131 101 8 9
SYNTHROID 127 127 9 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 121 121 10 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 102 11 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 110 110 12 24
GABAPENTIN 99 74 13 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 94 94 14 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 84 15 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 61 S3 16 8
DIOVAN 82 82 16 47
CRESTOR 80 67 18 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 76 76 19 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 63 20 18
SERTRALINE HCL 75 72 20 19
DIGOXIN 74 74 22 27
NEXIUM 73 48 23 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 71 71 24 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 68 25 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 68 26 30
PREDNISONE 67 66 27 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 63 28 13
JANUVIA 65 40 28 73
NAMENDA 59 59 30 35
LANTUS 59 51 30 53
ALLOPURINOL 58 42 32 28
CARVEDILOL 58 58 32 23
GLIPIZIDE 56 56 34 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 55 35 34
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 38 36 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 50 36 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. 5, 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.