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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,901Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 337

$981K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 337

1,024 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 1,024 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 1,024 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 18,691 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 1,215 1,082 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 920 845 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 806 654 3 4
LISINOPRIL 782 699 4 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 605 544 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 602 508 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 598 557 7 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 564 352 S3 8 13
FUROSEMIDE 528 466 9 8
ATENOLOL 527 468 10 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 509 484 11 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 347 322 12 15
METFORMIN HCL 347 301 12 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 340 265 14 23
SERTRALINE HCL 335 292 15 18
ALLOPURINOL 278 259 16 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 245 206 17 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 243 230 18 19
RAMIPRIL 237 210 19 80
TAMSULOSIN HCL 228 181 20 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 221 183 21 11
LOVASTATIN 216 178 22 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 176 23 31
GABAPENTIN 207 168 24 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 198 187 25 37
TRAZODONE HCL 186 141 26 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 179 155 27 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 174 145 28 21
QUINAPRIL HCL 172 165 29 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 171 168 30 55
PAROXETINE HCL 159 125 31 46
CRESTOR 155 128 32 29
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 150 142 33 67
DIOVAN 148 123 34 26
FENOFIBRATE 146 105 35 48
LIPITOR 139 121 36 33
PREDNISONE 138 120 37 40
CLOPIDOGREL 137 130 38 42
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 109 39 60
RANITIDINE HCL 133 114 40 30
MIRTAZAPINE 132 120 41 27
TRICOR 130 120 42 134
GLYBURIDE 124 119 R 43 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 123 123 44 76
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 118 116 45 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 78 46 36
METFORMIN HCL ER 115 98 46 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 108 48 70
NEXIUM 113 94 48 56
TRAMADOL HCL 112 97 50 32
PLAVIX 111 103 51 74
PROAIR HFA 108 82 52 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 105 53 22
CARVEDILOL 103 99 54 73
LEVOXYL 100 100 55 90
OXYCODONE HCL 100 25 S2 55 63
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 70 57 95
NAMENDA 93 93 57 35
VERAPAMIL ER 91 89 59 77
DIGOXIN 90 89 60 58
ALPRAZOLAM 90 90 60 78
CYMBALTA 90 68 60 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 87 87 63 97
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 68 63 34
PROPRANOLOL HCL 81 81 65 121
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 43 R 66 75
GLIPIZIDE 76 62 67 45
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 59 68 109
DIOVAN HCT 74 72 69 88
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 73 60 70 137
HYDRALAZINE HCL 72 66 71 122
DETROL LA 70 63 72 193
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 55 73 86
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 57 74 62
AZITHROMYCIN 65 51 75 51
COMBIVENT 64 61 76 126
SINGULAIR 63 31 77 113
NIFEDIPINE ER 63 56 77 111
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 63 77 39
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 40 80 146
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 58 81 150
KLOR-CON 10 61 60 81 158
OXYCONTIN 60 36 S2 83 87
FLOVENT HFA 60 54 83 155
SYNTHROID 59 53 85 41
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 55 85 136
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 58 58 87 148
BUPROPION HCL SR 58 53 87 154
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 56 54 S3 89 142
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 43 90 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 49 91 57
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 36 S2 92 152
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 46 92 69
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 14 R 94 103
LANTUS 50 34 95 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 35 95 100
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 April 10, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.