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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,685Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 298

$237K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 134 out of 298

259 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 259 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 4,557 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 327 308 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 256 226 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 253 210 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 198 196 4 7
LISINOPRIL 196 150 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 183 160 6 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 140 7 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 154 147 8 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 120 9 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 125 115 10 6
ATENOLOL 118 117 11 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 45 S3 12 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 103 13 12
TRAMADOL HCL 86 47 14 15
CRESTOR 82 47 15 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 69 16 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 76 47 17 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 65 18 9
INDAPAMIDE 71 71 19 210
ALLOPURINOL 70 62 20 28
CLOZAPINE 56 0 21 113
GABAPENTIN 54 43 22 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 51 23 13
METFORMIN HCL 52 26 24 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 52 24 18
CARVEDILOL 51 32 26 23
CEFUROXIME 50 44 27 158
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 Aug. 5, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.