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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,681Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 298

$348K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 298

273 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

4% of this provider’s 273 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 273 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,228 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$45 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 436 381 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 273 270 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 268 262 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 258 238 4 9
LISINOPRIL 223 208 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 220 211 6 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 166 163 7 17
TRAMADOL HCL 162 159 8 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 159 159 9 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 137 10 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 140 133 11 12
FINASTERIDE 133 118 12 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 130 126 13 18
CARVEDILOL 118 118 14 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 100 S3 15 8
GABAPENTIN 105 105 16 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 103 17 24
DIGOXIN 101 101 18 27
PREDNISONE 94 92 19 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 92 92 20 7
CLOPIDOGREL 83 83 21 36
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 82 54 22 75
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 79 79 23 25
CRESTOR 75 75 24 26
ALLOPURINOL 74 74 25 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 62 26 45
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 52 27 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 61 28 56
NAMENDA 62 62 28 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 30 22
METFORMIN HCL 58 46 31 10
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 43 32 93
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 53 32 118
RISPERIDONE 54 54 32 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 54 32 38
AZITHROMYCIN 53 47 36 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 48 36 117
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 51 38 139
CEFUROXIME 50 45 39 158
AMOXICILLIN 50 50 39 143
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. 4, 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.