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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,138Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 337

$658K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 337

580 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%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
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this specialty
in Rhode Island
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,285 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$38 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 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 Rhode Island
SIMVASTATIN 819 773 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 655 626 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 604 557 3 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 533 493 4 7
LISINOPRIL 532 482 5 2
ATENOLOL 503 490 6 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 497 468 7 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 467 454 8 9
FUROSEMIDE 433 430 9 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 374 372 10 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 359 342 11 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 346 341 12 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 321 265 S3 13 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 312 293 14 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 285 280 15 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 284 284 16 15
METFORMIN HCL ER 267 228 17 52
GABAPENTIN 265 258 18 20
LOVASTATIN 254 254 19 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 244 244 20 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 226 214 21 55
SERTRALINE HCL 201 190 22 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 198 197 23 31
MIRTAZAPINE 191 191 24 27
TRAZODONE HCL 182 169 25 16
RANITIDINE HCL 177 177 26 30
PREDNISONE 167 167 27 40
ALLOPURINOL 166 166 28 28
DIOVAN 148 145 29 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 148 134 29 36
QUINAPRIL HCL 143 140 31 50
CLOPIDOGREL 125 114 32 42
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 123 123 33 67
TRAMADOL HCL 121 120 34 32
FINASTERIDE 111 111 35 83
METFORMIN HCL 110 93 36 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 102 96 37 100
EVISTA 102 102 37 102
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 39 22
LIPITOR 99 81 40 33
MELOXICAM 96 96 41 54
DIGOXIN 93 93 42 58
CELEBREX 92 92 43 116
ALPRAZOLAM 92 87 43 78
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 89 89 45 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 88 88 46 124
CARVEDILOL 88 88 46 73
ROPINIROLE HCL 87 76 48 141
PLAVIX 87 82 48 74
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 83 50 97
BENAZEPRIL HCL 82 82 51 109
LANTUS 79 79 52 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 76 53 23
NEXIUM 76 64 54 56
FELODIPINE ER 75 75 55 79
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 75 55 61
PROAIR HFA 74 69 57 38
GLYBURIDE 69 66 R 58 53
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 64 58 71
FENOFIBRATE 68 64 60 48
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 66 61 127
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 65 60 62 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 62 63 34
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 63 63 S3 64 142
FLOVENT HFA 62 62 65 155
PAROXETINE HCL 61 61 66 46
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 60 67 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 56 68 143
LABETALOL HCL 55 55 69 149
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 55 55 69 62
NADOLOL 53 53 71 156
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 38 72 60
PREMARIN 52 40 R 72 263
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 52 52 72 21
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 19, 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.