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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,936Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 298

$246K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 127 out of 298

362 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

6% of this provider’s 362 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 362 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 6,373 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
FUROSEMIDE 300 294 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 294 269 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 293 274 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 253 225 4 3
LISINOPRIL 215 194 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 175 167 S3 6 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 167 158 7 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 163 142 8 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 160 149 9 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 148 10 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 135 134 11 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 127 116 12 6
GABAPENTIN 126 115 13 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 89 14 13
TRAMADOL HCL 103 89 15 15
RISPERIDONE 95 76 16 54
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 85 17 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 75 18 49
ATENOLOL 80 80 19 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 66 20 14
CARVEDILOL 69 69 21 23
METFORMIN HCL 67 67 22 10
PREDNISONE 66 65 23 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 65 23 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 60 25 12
NAMENDA 62 50 26 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 61 R 27 51
TRAZODONE HCL 60 52 28 39
FENTANYL 59 56 S2 29 32
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 58 30 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 58 30 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 56 32 24
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 52 33 58
LANTUS 50 50 34 53
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. 2, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.