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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,336Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 87 out of 298

$355K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 75 out of 298

229 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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 229 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 229 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,471 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
OMEPRAZOLE 251 229 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 231 221 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 191 183 3 5
ALLOPURINOL 189 180 4 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 160 160 5 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 149 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 135 99 7 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 125 8 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 117 106 9 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 110 110 10 6
LISINOPRIL 107 90 11 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 104 86 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 102 78 13 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 96 14 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 90 15 25
NEXIUM 84 67 16 40
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 65 S3 17 8
INSULIN SYRINGE 79 49 18 99
FAMOTIDINE 77 75 19 80
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 63 20 29
CRESTOR 72 71 21 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 70 22 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 61 23 18
LACTULOSE 61 40 24 120
RISPERIDONE 58 56 25 54
ATENOLOL 58 58 25 16
SERTRALINE HCL 57 51 27 19
GABAPENTIN 54 39 28 20
EXELON 53 53 29 132
LANTUS 53 53 29 53
CYMBALTA 52 47 31 67
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 52 31 85
FENTANYL 51 45 S2 33 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 50 50 34 22
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 June 13, 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.