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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2014

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,942Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 102 out of 357

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 357

341 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% 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
Lower avg

Antibiotics

21% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug , compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,696 claims for patients 65 and older were for a potentially inappropriate drug , compared to an average of 2%.

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Opioids

16% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 14%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$158 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.04M

2012

$1.14M

2013

$1.41M

2014

Number of Claims

6,844

2012

7,726

2013

8,942

2014

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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O

An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

472

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

70

patients, 21% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

434

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

348

prescriptions.

63

patients, 18% of all patients

2 1
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

414

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

63

patients, 18% of all patients

3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

360

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

53

patients, 16% of all patients

4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

5 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

7 8
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

8 11
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

9 34
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

10 19
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

11 182
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

O 11 17
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

O 13 60
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131 *

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

14 9
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

15 7
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

16 26
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

16 17
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

18 233
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

19 12
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

20 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

21 38
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

22 207
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

22 57
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

24 13
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

25 21
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

26 215
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

27 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78 *

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

28 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

29 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

30 25
REYATAZ 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 30 288
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

32 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63 *

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

33 20
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 34 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 R 35 145
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

35 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 R 37 32
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 38 16
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 38 50
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 40 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 41 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50 *

prescriptions.

<11 41 69
ESTRADIOL

Replaces estrogen that decr... +

Replaces estrogen that decreases with menopause or removal of the ovaries. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 R 43 329
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 44 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 R 45 77
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2014 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by more than 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 428,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 24, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.