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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,981Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 298

$659K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 298

544 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

2% of this provider’s 544 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 544 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 10,435 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
SIMVASTATIN 818 677 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 519 406 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 484 424 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 479 342 4 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 469 366 5 11
LISINOPRIL 440 309 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 425 323 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 418 335 8 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 379 325 9 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 269 197 10 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 179 11 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 212 182 12 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 198 172 13 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 188 126 14 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 182 150 15 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 182 178 15 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 179 160 17 25
TRAMADOL HCL 171 155 18 15
CRESTOR 168 114 19 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 154 137 S3 20 8
ADVAIR DISKUS 121 96 21 46
ALLOPURINOL 121 96 21 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 120 120 23 22
NEXIUM 111 66 24 40
JANUVIA 102 73 25 73
ATENOLOL 101 88 26 16
AZITHROMYCIN 100 85 27 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96 77 28 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 68 29 21
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 89 74 R 30 51
NAMENDA 87 87 31 35
DIGOXIN 87 83 31 27
SYNTHROID 86 78 33 42
CELEBREX 85 73 34 86
CARVEDILOL 83 73 35 23
GABAPENTIN 70 70 36 20
BUMETANIDE 67 56 37 71
CARBAMAZEPINE 65 29 38 105
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 64 39 74
VERAPAMIL ER 64 52 39 88
MIRTAZAPINE 63 47 41 37
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 52 41 58
PREDNISONE 62 34 43 33
SERTRALINE HCL 61 53 44 19
DIOVAN 61 49 44 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 61 44 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 61 44 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 59 44 50
FAMOTIDINE 59 25 49 80
QUINAPRIL HCL 59 53 49 109
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 59 59 49 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 58 25 52 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 43 53 52
TRICOR 55 55 54 176
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 55 43 54 185
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 55 19 54 107
FENTANYL 54 53 S2 57 32
ACTOS 54 36 57 137
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 52 59 68
VYTORIN 52 40 59 155
DETROL LA 52 41 59 151
CYMBALTA 52 52 59 67
CLONIDINE HCL 51 39 63 82
TRAZODONE HCL 50 41 64 39
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. 1, 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.