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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,394Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 103

$487K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 103

427 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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 427 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 427 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 10,637 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 505 458 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 442 413 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 408 384 3 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 378 365 4 10
FUROSEMIDE 370 356 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 315 314 6 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 311 297 7 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 284 265 8 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 283 261 9 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 239 239 10 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 212 193 11 18
LISINOPRIL 199 198 12 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 179 167 S3 13 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 178 171 14 19
ATENOLOL 153 150 15 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 148 16 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 143 135 17 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 141 141 18 28
DIGOXIN 139 139 19 25
TRAMADOL HCL 139 136 19 17
GABAPENTIN 127 120 21 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 122 121 22 30
LABETALOL HCL 115 115 23 95
CLOPIDOGREL 115 108 23 32
ALLOPURINOL 115 102 23 26
DIOVAN 113 89 26 40
CRESTOR 112 107 27 27
SERTRALINE HCL 109 96 28 21
BENAZEPRIL HCL 109 109 28 93
PROAIR HFA 100 97 30 116
METFORMIN HCL 100 94 30 13
DILTIAZEM ER 98 98 32 130
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 97 33 23
PREDNISONE 91 91 34 24
LANTUS 82 59 35 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 79 35 35
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 81 81 37 90
METFORMIN HCL ER 81 75 37 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 80 79 39 31
PLAVIX 79 73 40 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 70 41 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 77 77 42 55
CARVEDILOL 68 50 43 20
CYMBALTA 68 58 43 60
GEMFIBROZIL 66 61 45 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 55 46 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 63 47 42
CHLORTHALIDONE 60 57 48 113
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 43 48 75
FAMOTIDINE 59 47 50 78
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 48 51 38
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 55 55 52 121
RANITIDINE HCL 55 43 52 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 39 54 33
MIRTAZAPINE 51 51 54 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 45 56 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 50 56 37
NOVOLOG 50 40 56 94
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 50 56 74
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 Sept. 3, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.