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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,577Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 177 out of 337

$307K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 151 out of 337

207 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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 Rhode Island
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,416 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334 332 1 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 316 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 292 274 3 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230 220 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 191 176 5 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 155 155 6 62
OMEPRAZOLE 150 134 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 149 149 8 8
METFORMIN HCL 129 124 9 12
SERTRALINE HCL 128 121 10 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 116 11 21
LISINOPRIL 120 109 12 2
GLIMEPIRIDE 108 108 13 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 107 14 9
GABAPENTIN 87 87 15 20
ALLOPURINOL 85 85 16 28
SPIRIVA 84 84 17 43
BENICAR 76 76 18 110
ATENOLOL 74 74 19 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 62 20 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 60 21 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 55 55 22 11
BENICAR HCT 52 52 23 166
TRAZODONE HCL 51 51 24 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 50 25 14
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.