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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,443Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 103

$669K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 103

364 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

7% of this provider’s 364 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 364 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 13,189 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
SIMVASTATIN 793 770 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 716 649 2 4
LISINOPRIL 711 687 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 612 610 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 572 567 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 476 428 6 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 461 443 7 7
ATENOLOL 454 430 8 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 371 334 9 8
METFORMIN HCL 325 295 10 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 315 314 11 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 261 255 12 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 241 235 13 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 239 225 14 15
TRAMADOL HCL 179 143 15 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 166 124 16 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 148 147 17 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 139 110 S3 18 11
HYDRALAZINE HCL 131 131 19 101
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 130 114 20 35
DIGOXIN 129 129 21 25
LANTUS 126 121 22 39
SPIRIVA 121 112 23 64
ADVAIR DISKUS 120 112 24 42
FINASTERIDE 120 120 24 69
TERAZOSIN HCL 117 117 26 104
CRESTOR 115 114 27 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 111 108 28 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 94 28 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 109 109 30 28
PAROXETINE HCL 109 107 30 81
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 107 101 32 73
ALLOPURINOL 101 80 33 26
FENTANYL 98 97 S2 34 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 83 35 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 88 36 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 93 37 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 93 93 37 30
CLOPIDOGREL 89 83 39 32
CARVEDILOL 86 86 40 20
SERTRALINE HCL 86 75 40 21
DIOVAN 79 79 42 40
DETROL LA 78 65 43 146
PREDNISONE 76 74 44 24
OXYCODONE HCL 70 63 S2 45 85
ACTOS 70 68 45 102
KLOR-CON M20 70 68 45 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 63 48 29
NYSTATIN 69 59 48 171
KLOR-CON 10 67 67 50 45
GABAPENTIN 66 53 51 22
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 63 52 97
LIPITOR 62 51 53 127
JANUVIA 62 62 53 71
VENTOLIN HFA 60 59 55 141
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 54 S2 56 123
PLAVIX 57 50 56 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 31 58 31
CYMBALTA 55 55 58 60
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 53 60 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52 46 61 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 51 62 237
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 May 16, 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.