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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,033Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 103

$702K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 103

644 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

5% of this provider’s 644 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 644 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 14,086 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
FUROSEMIDE 755 712 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 675 650 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 533 530 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 447 433 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 401 380 5 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 392 363 6 15
LISINOPRIL 386 371 7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 367 358 8 6
PREDNISONE 313 297 9 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 309 282 S3 10 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 305 299 11 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 293 286 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 281 273 13 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 234 234 14 23
TRAMADOL HCL 234 233 14 17
SERTRALINE HCL 231 223 16 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 227 225 17 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 226 220 18 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 201 190 19 18
LANTUS 191 171 20 39
ATENOLOL 168 146 21 14
GABAPENTIN 153 111 22 22
CRESTOR 152 152 23 27
ALLOPURINOL 146 145 24 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 141 139 25 38
DIGOXIN 132 126 26 25
NOVOLOG 131 131 27 94
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 121 120 28 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117 117 29 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 105 105 30 55
TRAZODONE HCL 104 89 31 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 103 31 16
CLOPIDOGREL 103 96 33 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 102 99 34 59
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 85 35 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 93 85 36 84
MIRTAZAPINE 91 91 37 36
VERAPAMIL ER 88 80 38 91
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 80 39 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 79 70 40 57
FENTANYL 77 77 S2 41 34
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 76 76 42 112
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 75 43 92
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68 68 44 87
PLAVIX 67 67 45 46
CARVEDILOL 67 66 45 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 64 47 33
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 64 59 48 204
SINGULAIR 63 61 49 138
LYRICA 63 63 49 109
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 62 62 51 121
BUPROPION HCL SR 61 61 52 208
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 61 52 61
CEPHALEXIN 59 57 54 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 58 55 42
KLOR-CON 10 58 58 55 45
AZITHROMYCIN 58 52 55 44
GEMFIBROZIL 57 46 58 62
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 56 R 59 54
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 53 60 107
DIOVAN 55 49 60 40
MELOXICAM 54 54 62 49
RANITIDINE HCL 53 40 63 53
NAMENDA 53 53 63 41
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 53 53 63 89
TERAZOSIN HCL 52 52 66 104
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 51 67 134
BYSTOLIC 50 50 68 99
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 Nov. 5, 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.