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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,327Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 103

$953K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 103

607 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

12% of this provider’s 607 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 607 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 14,725 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 778 701 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 563 546 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 559 515 3 1
SERTRALINE HCL 453 422 4 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 436 384 S3 5 11
PREDNISONE 390 361 6 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 385 369 7 7
FENTANYL 375 364 S2 8 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 349 337 9 6
CARVEDILOL 348 327 10 20
SIMVASTATIN 329 304 11 2
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 313 303 12 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 309 285 13 9
SPIRONOLACTONE 293 263 14 30
LISINOPRIL 291 270 15 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 244 232 16 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 225 209 17 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 208 198 18 8
CRESTOR 192 191 19 27
ATENOLOL 190 175 20 14
GABAPENTIN 182 175 21 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 171 171 22 28
FAMOTIDINE 169 154 23 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 164 157 24 15
ALLOPURINOL 156 134 25 26
TRAZODONE HCL 154 149 26 52
ADVAIR DISKUS 152 129 27 42
METFORMIN HCL 145 116 28 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 125 29 16
CLOPIDOGREL 135 130 30 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 127 31 47
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 129 111 32 55
MIRTAZAPINE 124 108 33 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 123 110 34 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 117 35 23
LANTUS 117 96 35 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117 105 35 29
TRAMADOL HCL 113 110 38 17
DIGOXIN 112 106 39 25
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 111 97 40 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 99 41 37
ROPINIROLE HCL 106 95 41 77
PLAVIX 105 105 43 46
LABETALOL HCL 102 94 44 95
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 101 64 45 84
AZITHROMYCIN 100 83 46 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 72 47 35
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 71 47 92
OLANZAPINE 80 61 49 136
OXYCONTIN 79 66 S2 50 140
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 79 59 50 97
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 71 52 50
JANTOVEN 73 69 53 100
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 68 54 48
RISPERIDONE 70 70 55 88
TERAZOSIN HCL 68 68 56 104
OXYCODONE HCL 67 42 S2 57 85
TORSEMIDE 66 52 58 102
METOLAZONE 65 45 59 111
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 64 34 60 134
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 55 61 107
SPIRIVA 61 61 61 64
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 54 63 57
DIOVAN 59 53 64 40
PRADAXA 57 57 65 217
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56 43 66 179
CEPHALEXIN 54 47 67 72
KLOR-CON 10 52 48 68 45
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 51 69 106
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 51 27 S2 69 145
KLOR-CON M20 50 34 71 56
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 April 29, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.