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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,816Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 103

$427K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 47 out of 103

345 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 345 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 7,768 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 553 508 1 1
LISINOPRIL 437 403 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 366 300 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 342 328 4 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 330 324 5 12
SIMVASTATIN 329 298 6 2
FUROSEMIDE 239 209 7 4
CARVEDILOL 215 181 8 20
METFORMIN HCL 177 148 9 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 172 168 10 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 170 138 11 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162 112 12 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 148 137 13 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 145 135 14 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 122 15 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 138 16 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 134 134 17 30
TRAMADOL HCL 117 102 18 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 103 87 S3 19 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 89 20 23
FENOFIBRATE 98 63 21 58
SERTRALINE HCL 94 82 22 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 89 89 23 15
SYNTHROID 88 68 24 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 77 25 19
SPIRIVA 77 57 26 64
GABAPENTIN 76 76 27 22
ATENOLOL 69 69 28 14
ALLOPURINOL 67 67 29 26
CRESTOR 65 65 30 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 49 31 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 62 32 50
CLOPIDOGREL 58 53 33 32
MIRTAZAPINE 54 53 34 36
TRAZODONE HCL 52 45 35 52
ZETIA 51 51 36 66
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 Aug. 4, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.