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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,420Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 298

$492K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 298

451 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

6% of this provider’s 451 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 451 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,911 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 604 480 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 500 390 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 489 380 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 466 376 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 409 379 5 7
LISINOPRIL 408 323 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 397 337 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 259 216 8 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 251 225 9 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 201 10 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 201 169 11 11
SERTRALINE HCL 191 174 12 19
ATENOLOL 188 151 13 16
METFORMIN HCL 167 155 14 10
MELOXICAM 152 84 15 41
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 133 S3 16 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 101 17 17
TRAMADOL HCL 146 78 17 15
METFORMIN HCL ER 135 100 19 57
PREDNISONE 131 112 20 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 109 20 14
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 126 79 S3 22 119
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 100 23 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 103 24 18
GABAPENTIN 111 71 25 20
ALLOPURINOL 109 75 26 28
NEXIUM 108 51 27 40
DIGOXIN 106 96 28 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 102 29 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 100 30 22
RISPERIDONE 96 87 31 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 89 83 32 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 58 33 29
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 80 64 34 77
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 79 71 35 56
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 71 R 35 51
ZETIA 77 68 37 83
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 26 38 118
FENTANYL 69 69 S2 39 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 46 40 24
SODIUM CHLORIDE 67 0 41 214
MIRTAZAPINE 67 62 41 37
CARVEDILOL 67 57 41 23
CLOPIDOGREL 66 58 44 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 48 45 46
JANUVIA 64 54 45 73
KLOR-CON M20 62 61 47 78
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 60 48 121
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 29 49 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 33 49 110
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 57 41 51 135
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 56 56 52 107
AMOXICILLIN 55 32 53 143
GLIMEPIRIDE 55 20 53 60
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 39 53 154
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 54 54 R 56 190
NAMENDA 53 53 57 35
AZITHROMYCIN 53 42 57 63
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 52 52 59 150
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 35 60 93
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 60 44
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 Sept. 2, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.