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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,678Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 337

$867K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 337

675 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

7% of this provider’s 675 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 675 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 15,994 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

26 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 1,392 1,268 1 11
FUROSEMIDE 677 653 2 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 636 588 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 580 557 4 5
TRAZODONE HCL 534 507 5 16
MIRTAZAPINE 515 507 6 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 459 459 7 22
SIMVASTATIN 456 424 8 1
LISINOPRIL 422 389 9 2
OMEPRAZOLE 413 355 10 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 411 384 11 3
SERTRALINE HCL 390 363 12 18
NAMENDA 344 344 13 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 326 307 14 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 283 239 15 44
TRAMADOL HCL 217 206 16 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 214 186 17 25
ATENOLOL 205 205 18 10
EXELON 205 205 18 85
PREDNISONE 196 145 20 40
GABAPENTIN 190 154 21 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 161 22 7
RISPERIDONE 169 151 23 72
CITALOPRAM HBR 151 144 24 17
LIDODERM 148 144 25 82
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 140 138 26 96
CARVEDILOL 135 135 27 73
DIGOXIN 131 130 28 58
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 127 122 S3 29 13
LEVOFLOXACIN 127 118 29 93
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 120 108 31 101
CYMBALTA 119 109 32 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 112 33 66
KLOR-CON M20 107 89 34 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 98 35 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 105 105 36 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 103 102 37 15
RANITIDINE HCL 95 94 38 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 84 39 70
PROAIR HFA 92 69 40 38
DIOVAN 91 89 41 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 91 87 41 71
ALLOPURINOL 84 65 43 28
SPIRIVA 83 68 44 43
LEVETIRACETAM 78 59 45 112
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 77 76 46 14
OXYCODONE HCL 74 48 S2 47 63
VANCOMYCIN HCL 73 70 48 192
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72 49 49 21
LATANOPROST 71 64 50 120
DILTIAZEM HCL 68 68 51 177
NYSTOP 68 63 51 140
CLOPIDOGREL 68 67 51 42
AZITHROMYCIN 67 61 54 51
SYMBICORT 66 44 55 151
COLCRYS 64 63 56 128
LIDOCAINE HCL 63 61 57 203
FINASTERIDE 62 57 58 83
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 53 59 139
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 47 59 92
GLIPIZIDE 60 45 61 45
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 41 62 124
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 53 63 19
ENABLEX 54 40 64 190
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 53 64 47
PLAVIX 54 51 64 74
LANTUS 52 45 67 49
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 52 52 67 67
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 50 69 37
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 June 26, 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.