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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,004Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 103

$1.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 103

628 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

7% of this provider’s 628 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 628 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 14,693 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 698 560 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 679 552 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 671 520 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 670 556 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 480 420 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 477 280 S3 6 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 418 368 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 414 358 8 15
LISINOPRIL 394 331 9 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 335 300 10 8
GABAPENTIN 321 223 11 22
TRAMADOL HCL 290 229 12 17
CYMBALTA 269 214 13 60
METFORMIN HCL 260 190 14 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 257 222 15 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 240 240 16 28
FENTANYL 235 195 S2 17 34
CARVEDILOL 230 181 18 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 217 205 19 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 194 153 20 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 193 188 21 19
JANUVIA 191 129 22 71
CEFDINIR 190 144 23 133
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181 127 24 18
MELOXICAM 177 129 25 49
AZITHROMYCIN 175 134 26 44
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 174 143 27 86
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 173 143 28 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 171 151 29 9
LANTUS 170 137 30 39
NAMENDA 166 154 31 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 144 121 32 35
KLOR-CON M20 143 117 33 56
PREDNISONE 137 87 34 24
ATENOLOL 134 130 35 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 107 36 16
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 130 79 R 36 83
FENOFIBRATE 128 73 38 58
DIGOXIN 123 117 39 25
BYSTOLIC 119 100 40 99
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 117 96 41 107
NOVOLOG 114 96 42 94
LEVOFLOXACIN 112 85 43 57
FLUOCINONIDE 109 94 44 175
CRESTOR 99 77 45 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 93 81 46 77
NEXIUM 93 58 46 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 70 48 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 89 88 49 55
DIOVAN 89 71 49 40
CLOPIDOGREL 88 85 51 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 85 52 48
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 87 44 52 134
ACTOS 84 43 54 102
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 83 34 55 97
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 82 81 56 68
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 81 81 57 38
MIRTAZAPINE 81 76 57 36
VESICARE 76 32 59 105
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 62 60 73
JANUMET 75 69 60 193
KLOR-CON 10 73 64 62 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 56 62 23
WELCHOL 72 55 64 196
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 71 64 65 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 70 62 66 101
PRISTIQ ER 69 42 67 197
PEN NEEDLE 68 27 68 167
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 42 69 110
INSULIN SYRINGE 65 51 70 75
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 64 30 S2 71 145
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 48 72 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 37 R 73 54
LUNESTA 61 31 74 208
ALLOPURINOL 60 52 75 26
DEXILANT 60 20 75 211
SINGULAIR 58 24 77 138
EXELON 58 58 77 124
LYRICA 57 30 79 109
RANITIDINE HCL 56 44 80 53
PLAVIX 55 47 81 46
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 40 82 79
METOLAZONE 53 29 83 111
NYSTATIN 53 44 83 171
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 44 85 84
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 43 85 95
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 46 87 93
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 29 87 42
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 39 87 143
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 May 4, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.