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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,405Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 337

$892K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 337

372 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

12% of this provider’s 372 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 372 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 14,576 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,005 1,005 1 11
SERTRALINE HCL 551 542 2 18
NAMENDA 520 507 3 35
LISINOPRIL 470 423 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 460 460 5 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 447 437 6 22
TRAZODONE HCL 415 415 7 16
FUROSEMIDE 408 407 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 406 405 9 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 388 388 10 47
SIMVASTATIN 382 340 11 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 369 357 12 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 305 271 13 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 283 271 14 17
MIRTAZAPINE 277 277 15 27
RANITIDINE HCL 256 238 16 30
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 251 240 17 131
ATENOLOL 241 230 18 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 236 212 19 61
GLIPIZIDE 198 198 20 45
PREDNISONE 152 152 21 40
RISPERIDONE 148 148 22 72
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 145 115 23 86
LANTUS 136 124 24 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 130 124 25 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 127 127 26 66
LIDODERM 126 126 27 82
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 106 28 25
DIGOXIN 116 116 29 58
TRAMADOL HCL 111 110 30 32
EXELON 109 109 31 85
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 77 32 9
BACLOFEN 106 55 33 133
CLOPIDOGREL 97 97 34 42
SEROQUEL 92 84 35 107
LEVOFLOXACIN 91 88 36 93
SPIRIVA 91 91 36 43
METFORMIN HCL 86 73 38 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 73 39 44
GABAPENTIN 85 82 39 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 81 41 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 81 41 70
KLOR-CON M20 76 76 43 65
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 55 44 62
PAROXETINE HCL 74 74 44 46
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 73 46 104
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 69 S3 47 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 71 62 48 101
OLANZAPINE 70 70 49 108
FINASTERIDE 68 68 50 83
RIVASTIGMINE 67 67 51 208
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 64 63 52 96
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 63 63 S3 53 142
NYSTOP 63 63 53 140
LACTULOSE 62 38 55 105
CYMBALTA 62 62 55 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 61 57 19
NOVOLOG 58 58 58 106
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 50 58 71
LATANOPROST 56 56 60 120
CARVEDILOL 56 44 60 73
TAMIFLU 55 49 62 147
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 54 63 36
NYSTATIN 54 45 63 125
DIOVAN 53 53 65 26
CLONIDINE HCL 51 51 66 135
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 66 92
CEFTRIAXONE 50 48 68 246
TRANSDERM-SCOP 50 36 68 319
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 7, 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.