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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,682Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 337

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 337

551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

8% of this provider’s 551 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 551 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 20,270 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

$49 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,041 927 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 901 808 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 885 784 3 5
LISINOPRIL 866 818 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 692 615 5 11
SIMVASTATIN 664 605 6 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 596 533 7 6
OMEPRAZOLE 570 506 8 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 522 522 9 22
TRAZODONE HCL 515 473 10 16
ATENOLOL 469 431 11 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 469 403 11 7
SERTRALINE HCL 460 452 13 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 419 388 14 9
TRAMADOL HCL 368 343 15 32
NAMENDA 356 356 16 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 324 295 17 17
METFORMIN HCL 291 263 18 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 266 255 19 15
LANTUS 260 250 20 49
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 249 227 21 61
PAROXETINE HCL 238 215 22 46
MELOXICAM 235 193 23 54
GABAPENTIN 232 167 24 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 209 136 S3 25 13
MIRTAZAPINE 203 191 26 27
CRESTOR 199 178 27 29
SPIRIVA 174 133 28 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 170 170 29 19
GLIPIZIDE 170 170 29 45
CLOPIDOGREL 160 152 31 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 158 32 25
DIOVAN 145 114 33 26
LATANOPROST 145 143 33 120
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 125 35 21
DIGOXIN 135 129 36 58
CARVEDILOL 132 125 37 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 130 127 38 70
LOVASTATIN 129 129 39 24
EXELON 128 128 40 85
NOVOLIN R 127 127 41 165
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 113 42 92
CELEBREX 124 106 43 116
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 121 121 44 161
LIPITOR 120 97 45 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 117 69 R 46 75
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 86 47 44
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 112 48 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 112 88 48 23
PREDNISONE 110 99 50 40
ALLOPURINOL 109 103 51 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 106 94 52 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 103 102 53 71
RISPERIDONE 100 96 54 72
SEROQUEL 99 93 55 107
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 82 56 34
PLAVIX 92 88 57 74
BUMETANIDE 89 87 58 163
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 83 58 55
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 78 58 66
LEVETIRACETAM 87 77 61 112
MECLIZINE HCL 85 85 62 117
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 85 85 62 68
RANITIDINE HCL 85 62 62 30
CYMBALTA 82 71 65 59
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 80 79 66 104
IBUPROFEN 77 56 67 64
NEXIUM 75 46 68 56
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 33 69 86
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 61 70 62
ALPRAZOLAM 71 67 71 78
KLOR-CON M20 68 68 72 65
PROPRANOLOL HCL 67 50 73 121
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 58 73 124
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 66 66 75 76
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 30 S2 76 84
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 53 77 57
PROAIR HFA 63 47 78 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62 62 79 143
SINGULAIR 61 46 80 113
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 53 81 31
NYSTOP 57 57 81 140
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 47 83 101
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 55 54 84 262
CLONIDINE HCL 55 54 84 135
FENOFIBRATE 54 27 86 48
AZITHROMYCIN 54 48 86 51
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 53 53 88 96
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 53 88 100
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 19 88 168
ABILIFY 52 39 91 145
TRAVATAN Z 51 51 92 160
OXYCONTIN 51 38 S2 92 87
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 38 94 181
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 Feb. 15, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.