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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,733Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 298

$428K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 298

418 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

6% of this provider’s 418 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 418 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,077 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
FUROSEMIDE 551 530 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 445 411 2 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 394 379 3 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 311 302 4 1
TRAMADOL HCL 310 269 5 15
LISINOPRIL 304 288 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 257 240 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 231 221 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 206 193 9 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 201 190 10 13
GABAPENTIN 194 179 11 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 192 170 12 18
ATENOLOL 170 164 13 16
SIMVASTATIN 169 146 14 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 145 15 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 140 138 16 29
METFORMIN HCL 128 116 17 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 71 S3 18 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 111 111 18 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 110 20 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 74 21 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 99 22 21
CARVEDILOL 101 97 23 23
DIGOXIN 96 96 24 27
CEPHALEXIN 90 82 25 94
PREDNISONE 78 78 26 33
MELOXICAM 76 59 27 41
LOVASTATIN 74 59 28 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 69 66 29 14
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 54 30 93
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 48 31 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 61 44 32 60
CLOPIDOGREL 58 56 33 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 58 33 68
SERTRALINE HCL 57 53 35 19
SYNTHROID 55 55 36 42
MIRTAZAPINE 54 54 37 37
BUMETANIDE 54 54 37 71
CRESTOR 53 48 39 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 48 40 43
LANTUS 51 51 41 53
OXYCODONE HCL 50 42 S2 42 79
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 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.