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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,146Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 103

$718K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 103

477 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

7% of this provider’s 477 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 477 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 13,623 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

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
OMEPRAZOLE 677 560 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 649 563 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 609 575 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 591 536 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 529 482 5 1
LISINOPRIL 394 344 6 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 389 344 7 8
GABAPENTIN 362 255 8 22
ATENOLOL 272 255 9 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 260 205 10 7
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 259 224 11 37
TRAMADOL HCL 257 223 12 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 251 225 13 15
RANITIDINE HCL 240 204 14 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 231 218 15 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 221 197 16 10
CARVEDILOL 219 185 17 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 210 201 18 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 200 157 S3 19 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 186 168 20 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 169 21 16
PREDNISONE 175 140 22 24
CLOPIDOGREL 160 142 23 32
METFORMIN HCL 154 133 24 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 144 144 25 28
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 144 113 25 79
ALLOPURINOL 134 110 27 26
FENTANYL 133 117 S2 28 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 133 133 28 55
CRESTOR 131 87 30 27
NAPROXEN 130 111 31 148
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 127 127 32 29
GLIPIZIDE 125 114 33 65
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 125 104 33 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 124 35 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 121 114 36 59
MIRTAZAPINE 114 101 37 36
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 105 90 R 38 54
VERAPAMIL ER 102 82 39 91
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 93 40 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 77 41 57
PLAVIX 98 84 42 46
NAMENDA 98 98 42 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 69 44 35
DIGOXIN 90 78 45 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 90 90 45 144
GEMFIBROZIL 88 81 47 62
SERTRALINE HCL 88 72 47 21
JANUVIA 85 74 49 71
PROPRANOLOL HCL 84 64 50 87
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 82 71 51 112
FLUCONAZOLE 77 59 52 151
LANTUS 74 46 53 39
SPIRIVA 74 70 53 64
CLONIDINE HCL 72 67 55 82
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 59 55 31
NEXIUM 69 46 57 43
KLOR-CON M20 65 54 58 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 64 59 19
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 49 59 77
INSULIN SYRINGE 62 25 61 75
GLIPIZIDE XL 62 62 61 120
CYMBALTA 60 41 63 60
LEVETIRACETAM 59 41 64 174
OLANZAPINE 59 59 64 136
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 57 66 61
LOVASTATIN 57 45 66 67
LYRICA 56 15 68 109
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 55 53 69 89
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 49 70 33
FENOFIBRATE 53 46 71 58
METOLAZONE 53 40 71 111
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 30 73 42
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 52 73 113
KLOR-CON 10 51 51 75 45
VESICARE 51 49 75 105
VERAPAMIL HCL 50 43 77 240
AVODART 50 50 77 115
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. 3, 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.