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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,958Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 102

$568K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 102

470 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in South Dakota
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 470 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 470 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 575 542 107 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 533 533 89 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 505 464 91 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 487 448 100 4 3
CLOPIDOGREL 367 352 54 5 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 306 301* 52 6 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 302 276 59 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 284 258 54 8 6
ALPRAZOLAM 282 277* 61 B 9 45
CARVEDILOL 271 252 43 10 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 262 257* 52 11 12
TRAMADOL HCL 255 255 60 12 15
LISINOPRIL 252 247* 51 13 5
SERTRALINE HCL 239 234* 35 14 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 214 202 39 15 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207 207 36 16 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 179 179 35 17 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 175 170* 38 S3 18 13
FENTANYL 172 172 19 S2 19 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 169 169 24 20 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 143 19 21 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 140 128 22 22 39
AZITHROMYCIN 140 135* 79 22 56
GABAPENTIN 140 140 22 22 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 138 133* 26 25 73
LEVOFLOXACIN 135 123 66 26 63
METFORMIN HCL 122 122 26 27 14
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 111 106* 15 28 87
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 110 105* 44 29 74
FAMOTIDINE* 109 109 20 30 83
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 108 103* 12 31 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 97* 21 32 18
AMOXICILLIN 100 95* 33 33 191
LORAZEPAM 94 89* 28 B 34 29
PAROXETINE HCL 92 87* 15 35 88
JANTOVEN 91 91 18 36 100
DIGOXIN 89 89 18 37 42
CLONAZEPAM 87 82* 17 B 38 48
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 86 <11 <11 39 96
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 85 13 40 97
TRIMETHOPRIM 85 85 18 40 198
NAMENDA 78 <11 <11 42 34
ATENOLOL 78 67 11 42 16
RANITIDINE HCL 76 76 12 44 51
KLOR-CON M10 76 <11 <11 44 113
CRESTOR 76 76 17 44 26
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 49 11 47 123
RISPERIDONE 71 71 12 A 48 111
NEXIUM 69 <11 <11 49 46
CALCITONIN-SALMON 68 68 14 50 172
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 <11 <11 50 50
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 <11 <11 52 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 61* 12 53 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 51 14 54 31
CEPHALEXIN 62 57* 22 55 80
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 62 62 20 55 117
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 62 17 55 32
LIDOCAINE 60 <11 <11 58 183
GLIPIZIDE 60 55* 14 58 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 <11 <11 60 27
NITROSTAT 59 54* 41 60 217
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 58 12 62 178
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 <11 <11 R 63 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 56 12 64 47
ALLOPURINOL 56 56 11 64 25
FORTICAL 55 <11 <11 66 224
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 <11 <11 67 142
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 <11 <11 68 40
FINASTERIDE 53 <11 <11 68 70
KLOR-CON 10 53 48* 17 68 59
DIGOX 53 <11 <11 68 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 47* 15 72 33
MIRTAZAPINE 51 <11 <11 73 37
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 <11 <11 74 67
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 50 17 74 35
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 Sept. 4, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.