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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,221Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 91 out of 298

$251K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 123 out of 298

289 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

8% of this provider’s 289 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 289 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 5,594 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% 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

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
LISINOPRIL 241 235 1 4
METFORMIN HCL 226 213 2 10
OMEPRAZOLE 183 167 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 163 154 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 158 134 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 124 105 6 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 102 S3 7 8
CARVEDILOL 119 119 7 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 111 9 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 114 103 9 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 111 11 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 96 12 11
LOVASTATIN 97 97 13 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 90 90 14 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 90 14 30
MIRTAZAPINE 87 72 16 37
SIMVASTATIN 83 83 17 2
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 67 18 24
TRAMADOL HCL 78 73 18 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 77 75 20 14
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 76 76 21 205
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 58 22 18
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 70 23 85
WARFARIN SODIUM 69 63 24 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 55 25 60
CHLORTHALIDONE 62 59 26 158
SERTRALINE HCL 59 59 27 19
KLOR-CON M20 58 48 28 78
ALLOPURINOL 56 54 29 28
DIGOXIN 53 53 30 27
METOLAZONE 53 50 30 163
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 52 32 34
KLOR-CON 10 52 52 32 61
LABETALOL HCL 52 52 32 87
TRAZODONE HCL 51 36 35 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 Nov. 1, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.