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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,747Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 298

$430K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 298

280 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

10% of this provider’s 280 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 280 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 5,802 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

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
FUROSEMIDE 375 337 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 287 252 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 279 257 3 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 221 202 4 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 210 176 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 164 158 6 6
LISINOPRIL 152 137 7 4
SIMVASTATIN 142 120 8 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 105 9 12
DIGOXIN 120 110 10 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 89 S3 11 8
CLOZAPINE 113 113 12 113
CRESTOR 89 69 13 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 89 13 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 81 70 15 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 78 74 16 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 76 17 49
NEXIUM 75 54 18 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 74 64 19 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 59 20 38
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 72 70 21 75
CARVEDILOL 71 71 22 23
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 37 23 90
NAMENDA 69 69 23 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 68 57 25 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 44 26 24
GABAPENTIN 65 46 27 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 61 28 45
SERTRALINE HCL 56 49 29 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 30 21
TRAMADOL HCL 52 50 31 15
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 Dec. 6, 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.