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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,859Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 102

$529K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 102

351 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in South Dakota
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 351 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 351 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in South Dakota
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 524 453 79 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 489 395 70 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 403 316 66 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 380 323 61 4 6
LISINOPRIL 353 286 60 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 330 258 67 6 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 263 198 52 7 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 253 212 37 8 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 229 187 39 9 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 228 179 34 S3 10 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 193 179 27 11 10
SIMVASTATIN 191 151 32 12 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 140 32 13 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172 131 22 14 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 159 136 21 15 17
CLOPIDOGREL 154 138 23 16 20
METFORMIN HCL 132 92 20 17 14
GABAPENTIN 124 95 31 18 19
TRAMADOL HCL 124 109 30 18 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117 92 24 20 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 100* 13 21 21
SERTRALINE HCL 104 69 14 22 23
CARVEDILOL 101 61 22 23 22
MIRTAZAPINE 95 90* 13 24 37
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 25 22 R 25 108
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 79* 13 26 47
CYMBALTA 83 <11 <11 27 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 69 14 28 24
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 78 66 37 29 122
KLOR-CON 10 77 72* 13 30 59
SYNTHROID 76 39 11 31 58
LEVOFLOXACIN 76 65 43 31 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 45 14 33 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 72 <11 <11 33 27
NEXIUM 69 <11 <11 35 46
PREDNISONE 64 48 14 36 28
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 60 48 43 37 90
NAMENDA 59 <11 <11 38 34
BACLOFEN 58 <11 <11 39 147
BUPROPION XL 55 <11 <11 40 151
KLOR-CON M10 53 <11 <11 41 113
LORAZEPAM 53 <11 <11 B 41 29
AMITIZA 53 <11 <11 41 229
JANTOVEN 52 37 13 44 100
DIOVAN 52 <11 <11 44 41
CLONIDINE HCL 51 <11 <11 46 114
TRAZODONE HCL 50 <11 <11 47 49
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Feb. 20, 2015.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.