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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,931Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 337

$780K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 337

385 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

13% of this provider’s 385 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 385 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 13,529 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
FUROSEMIDE 634 584 1 8
SIMVASTATIN 612 524 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 572 551 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 446 445 4 11
TRAZODONE HCL 412 384 5 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 395 301 S3 6 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 381 363 7 5
LISINOPRIL 346 326 8 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 345 310 9 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 282 10 6
OMEPRAZOLE 316 257 10 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 266 266 12 22
SERTRALINE HCL 235 230 13 18
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 231 230 14 47
NAMENDA 227 227 15 35
GABAPENTIN 215 193 16 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 207 199 17 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 198 183 18 7
ATENOLOL 190 182 19 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 166 154 20 62
MIRTAZAPINE 161 152 21 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 159 154 22 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 158 136 23 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 145 24 9
RANITIDINE HCL 141 103 25 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 131 26 23
METFORMIN HCL 132 110 27 12
PREDNISONE 127 108 28 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 126 97 29 14
ALLOPURINOL 115 108 30 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 112 81 31 44
DIGOXIN 106 86 32 58
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 101 33 66
SPIRIVA 101 91 34 43
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 94 35 68
DIOVAN 93 93 36 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 87 37 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 84 84 38 122
EXELON 83 83 39 85
LOVASTATIN 80 80 40 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 78 67 41 70
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 76 67 42 37
LANTUS 72 72 43 49
CLOPIDOGREL 70 62 44 42
CYMBALTA 69 54 45 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 65 46 71
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 67 67 47 104
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 61 47 57
TRAMADOL HCL 66 58 49 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 61 50 34
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 62 51 124
LIDODERM 63 63 52 82
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61 57 53 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 37 54 36
OXYCODONE HCL 59 56 S2 55 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 59 55 86
LEVOFLOXACIN 57 53 57 93
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 56 57 60
PROAIR HFA 56 40 59 38
CARVEDILOL 56 54 59 73
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 55 54 61 97
PLAVIX 54 47 62 74
DEXILANT 53 41 63 182
KLOR-CON M20 52 50 64 65
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 37 65 52
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 50 S2 66 84
LIPITOR 50 46 66 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 45 R 66 75
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 May 21, 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.