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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,956Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 103

$989K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 103

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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
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this specialty
in South Dakota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 612 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 13,905 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
OMEPRAZOLE 746 639 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 705 653 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 691 631 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 648 603 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 513 466 5 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 412 387 6 6
TRAMADOL HCL 331 232 7 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 318 296 8 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 282 265 9 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 274 255 10 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 252 238 11 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 249 234 12 31
LISINOPRIL 228 202 13 5
METFORMIN HCL 211 158 14 13
AZITHROMYCIN 205 168 15 44
DIGOXIN 203 198 16 25
CRESTOR 202 174 17 27
FENOFIBRATE 200 185 18 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 182 139 19 18
ALLOPURINOL 181 165 20 26
KLOR-CON 10 176 164 21 45
ATENOLOL 172 156 22 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 170 145 23 29
KLOR-CON M20 167 161 24 56
MELOXICAM 159 133 25 49
FENTANYL 151 151 S2 26 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 143 134 27 12
LABETALOL HCL 142 130 28 95
NAMENDA 135 135 29 41
LEVOFLOXACIN 132 115 30 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 111 31 16
RANITIDINE HCL 118 118 32 53
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 112 97 33 86
ADVAIR DISKUS 111 84 34 42
GABAPENTIN 105 82 35 22
BYSTOLIC 104 78 36 99
EXELON 96 96 37 124
CARVEDILOL 96 92 37 20
INSULIN SYRINGE 95 80 39 75
DIOVAN 93 78 40 40
ZETIA 92 72 41 66
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 89 42 47
CLOPIDOGREL 86 86 43 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 76 44 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 79 45 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 75 46 37
PREDNISONE 79 68 46 24
DIOVAN HCT 76 74 48 129
PLAVIX 74 74 49 46
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 71 S3 50 11
LANTUS 72 61 51 39
PROAIR HFA 72 57 51 116
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 69 69 53 89
NEXIUM 69 43 53 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 68 55 28
LEVEMIR 68 64 55 199
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 62 57 107
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 61 58 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61 41 59 73
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 50 59 33
SERTRALINE HCL 60 59 61 21
COUMADIN 60 60 61 173
CELEBREX 58 58 63 137
MECLIZINE HCL 57 53 64 176
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 56 56 65 61
CITALOPRAM HBR 56 54 65 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 45 67 118
CLOZAPINE 52 0 67 152
CEPHALEXIN 51 45 69 72
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 Oct. 24, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.