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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,324Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 103

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 103

390 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

4% of this provider’s 390 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 390 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 14,919 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,083 1,023 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 671 635 2 3
LISINOPRIL 662 623 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 616 555 4 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 573 535 5 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 493 481 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 470 439 7 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 461 417 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 375 348 9 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 340 323 10 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 322 307 11 15
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 308 287 12 119
CRESTOR 277 270 13 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 247 14 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 245 224 15 37
DIOVAN 242 232 16 40
BENAZEPRIL HCL 240 240 17 93
LANTUS 234 208 18 39
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 226 210 19 38
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 217 217 20 106
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 201 178 21 9
ATENOLOL 193 193 22 14
TRAMADOL HCL 185 112 23 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 182 174 24 70
ALLOPURINOL 170 167 25 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 168 135 S3 26 11
DIGOXIN 167 167 27 25
KLOR-CON M20 161 161 28 56
GLIPIZIDE ER 161 161 28 113
CARVEDILOL 157 147 30 20
METFORMIN HCL 147 116 31 13
NEXIUM 130 121 32 43
KLOR-CON M10 118 106 33 156
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 99 34 19
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 108 97 35 63
LEVOFLOXACIN 105 90 36 57
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 93 37 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 64 38 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 98 39 28
INSULIN SYRINGE 94 75 40 75
GABAPENTIN 94 59 40 22
LANSOPRAZOLE 91 73 42 134
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 91 42 118
SERTRALINE HCL 90 65 44 21
PREDNISONE 89 73 45 24
SYNTHROID 87 66 46 51
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 85 85 47 10
BYSTOLIC 76 76 48 99
FENTANYL 73 73 S2 49 34
GEMFIBROZIL 73 62 49 62
AZITHROMYCIN 72 60 51 44
FAMOTIDINE 70 54 52 78
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 70 52 61
RANITIDINE HCL 69 58 54 53
SPIRIVA 69 53 54 64
LABETALOL HCL 67 67 56 95
CLOPIDOGREL 65 53 57 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 57 57 59
JANUVIA 62 51 59 71
CEPHALEXIN 61 53 60 72
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 61 48 S3 60 122
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 60 62 33
LIPITOR 57 52 63 127
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 47 63 110
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 51 65 31
RAMIPRIL 56 56 65 126
NAMENDA 56 56 65 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 54 65 73
NIFEDIPINE ER 56 56 65 143
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 34 70 134
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 31 71 95
PLAVIX 52 45 71 46
SINGULAIR 50 44 73 138
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 June 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.