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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,312Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 127 out of 337

$288K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 161 out of 337

413 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

6% of this provider’s 413 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 413 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,523 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
LISINOPRIL 530 428 1 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 523 465 2 9
ATENOLOL 425 391 3 10
SIMVASTATIN 327 255 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 310 271 5 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 204 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 208 148 7 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 142 128 8 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 123 9 6
METFORMIN HCL 136 76 10 12
FUROSEMIDE 120 95 11 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 99 12 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 107 66 S3 13 13
TRAMADOL HCL 100 73 14 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 58 15 34
IBUPROFEN 94 59 16 64
WARFARIN SODIUM 88 78 17 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 84 72 18 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 42 19 23
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 73 35 R 20 99
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 67 21 15
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 70 22 136
GLYBURIDE 65 59 R 23 53
GLIPIZIDE 64 37 24 45
SERTRALINE HCL 64 33 24 18
TRAZODONE HCL 63 22 26 16
PROAIR HFA 62 41 27 38
FLOVENT HFA 61 29 28 155
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 56 29 25
GABAPENTIN 52 35 30 20
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 38 31 111
NAPROXEN 50 32 32 98
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 Jan. 2, 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.