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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,172Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 103

$523K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 103

459 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

8% of this provider’s 459 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 459 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 11,354 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$43 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 504 478 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 497 495 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 468 428 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 463 436 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 351 324 5 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 296 295 6 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 294 285 7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 267 254 8 6
CARVEDILOL 264 229 9 20
TRAMADOL HCL 251 250 10 17
LISINOPRIL 218 210 11 5
DIGOXIN 207 192 12 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 200 156 S3 13 11
CLOPIDOGREL 189 182 14 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 164 15 8
SERTRALINE HCL 165 162 16 21
FENTANYL 160 160 S2 17 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 147 135 18 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 127 19 23
PLAVIX 122 117 20 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 118 21 15
AZITHROMYCIN 120 112 22 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 116 113 23 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 112 24 16
FAMOTIDINE 110 110 25 78
METFORMIN HCL 101 101 26 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 83 27 95
GABAPENTIN 91 91 28 22
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 87 78 29 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 84 64 30 57
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 81 80 31 89
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 77 31 59
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 69 R 33 54
TRIMETHOPRIM 79 79 34 191
CRESTOR 79 79 34 27
RANITIDINE HCL 77 77 36 53
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 74 37 101
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 72 72 38 68
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 72 38 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 72 72 38 18
ATENOLOL 71 60 41 14
CEPHALEXIN 70 69 42 72
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 68 59 43 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 66 44 28
JANTOVEN 66 65 44 100
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 65 64 46 79
PAROXETINE HCL 64 54 47 81
FORTICAL 61 61 48 208
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 61 47 48 134
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 59 48 35
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 61 48 143
KLOR-CON 10 60 51 52 45
PROPRANOLOL HCL 59 51 53 87
NITROSTAT 58 55 54 157
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 50 54 77
RISPERIDONE 58 58 54 88
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 47 57 29
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 57 57 73
PREDNISONE 56 41 59 24
AMOXICILLIN 56 56 59 219
KLOR-CON M10 55 55 61 156
GLIPIZIDE 54 54 62 65
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 30 63 118
DIOVAN 52 52 64 40
ALLOPURINOL 52 50 64 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 52 64 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 51 67 42
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.