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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,568Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 298

$312K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 97 out of 298

348 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

4% of this provider’s 348 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 348 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,961 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
SIMVASTATIN 282 238 1 2
LISINOPRIL 251 224 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 247 203 3 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 214 189 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 201 201 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 184 168 6 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 182 169 7 21
METFORMIN HCL 177 154 8 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 150 127 9 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 129 114 10 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 102 S3 11 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107 107 12 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 88 12 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 14 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 82 15 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 88 16 13
ATENOLOL 90 88 17 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 75 18 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 84 19 17
CLOPIDOGREL 78 78 20 36
NAMENDA 70 70 21 35
CRESTOR 70 69 21 26
DIGOXIN 67 56 23 27
CARVEDILOL 62 62 24 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 61 25 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 52 26 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 57 27 38
NOVOLOG 57 30 27 102
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 57 57 27 106
ALLOPURINOL 53 33 30 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 51 31 29
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 Oct. 24, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.