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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,515Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 298

$533K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 298

430 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

14% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 430 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 11,104 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 542 518 S3 1 8
FUROSEMIDE 541 464 2 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 493 481 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 491 457 4 1
RAMIPRIL 332 307 5 84
SIMVASTATIN 303 263 6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 303 250 6 11
OMEPRAZOLE 302 229 8 3
FENTANYL 292 292 S2 9 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 255 235 10 6
TRAMADOL HCL 208 195 11 15
SPIRONOLACTONE 194 169 12 34
MIRTAZAPINE 192 188 13 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 185 151 14 9
CARVEDILOL 185 176 14 23
LISINOPRIL 178 163 16 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 168 17 17
PREDNISONE 170 160 18 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 147 147 19 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 133 20 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 130 126 21 18
GABAPENTIN 127 117 22 20
SERTRALINE HCL 124 79 23 19
METFORMIN HCL 124 122 23 10
TRAZODONE HCL 124 108 23 39
SPIRIVA 121 102 26 55
DIGOXIN 104 98 27 27
OXYCODONE HCL 101 91 S2 28 79
LIDOCAINE 95 95 29 201
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 92 30 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 91 77 31 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 80 32 13
BACLOFEN 86 47 33 97
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 19 S2 34 152
CLOPIDOGREL 81 65 35 36
MELOXICAM 81 68 35 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 79 68 37 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 72 37 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 77 65 39 22
RISPERIDONE 72 72 40 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 45 41 46
CYMBALTA 70 48 42 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 57 43 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 66 44 68
LYRICA 67 42 45 108
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 66 62 46 75
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 56 47 38
VESICARE 65 65 47 149
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 65 52 47 103
LANTUS 64 64 50 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 50 49
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 62 62 52 217
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 62 52 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 59 59 54 60
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 58 54 55 222
PREMARIN 57 57 R 56 110
PAROXETINE HCL 56 43 57 48
MORPHINE SULFATE 54 54 S2 58 164
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 53 53 S2 59 122
SYNTHROID 52 45 60 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 47 61 56
BUMETANIDE 50 50 62 71
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 46 62 52
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. 6, 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.