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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,588Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 103

$459K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 103

383 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

5% of this provider’s 383 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 383 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 7,946 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
SIMVASTATIN 420 392 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 382 350 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334 315 3 6
LISINOPRIL 305 273 4 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 255 248 5 12
OMEPRAZOLE 250 231 6 3
CARVEDILOL 243 223 7 20
FUROSEMIDE 196 191 8 4
SERTRALINE HCL 171 167 9 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 158 145 10 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 128 11 10
DIGOXIN 137 129 12 25
CRESTOR 127 121 13 27
METFORMIN HCL 125 120 14 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 121 14 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 125 117 14 18
DIOVAN 119 118 17 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116 114 18 33
CLOPIDOGREL 98 90 19 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 95 20 16
ATENOLOL 87 75 21 14
IRBESARTAN 83 83 22 125
MIRTAZAPINE 83 77 22 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 73 S3 24 11
TRAMADOL HCL 75 75 24 17
VESICARE 73 64 26 105
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 73 26 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 61 28 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 66 29 8
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 66 29 42
PLAVIX 65 58 31 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 59 31 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 52 31 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 62 34 50
AVODART 62 62 34 115
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 36 28
CHLORTHALIDONE 58 46 37 113
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 53 38 29
CYMBALTA 56 27 38 60
NIASPAN 56 45 38 219
MELOXICAM 56 55 38 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 48 42 30
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 April 18, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.