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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,122Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 197

$664K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 197

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

47% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Rhode Island
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

21% of this provider’s 760 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 552 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

19% of this provider’s 760 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 14%.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

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

$600K

2012

$624K

2013

$708K

2014

$664K

2015

Number of Claims

13,006

2012

14,466

2013

15,841

2014

16,122

2015

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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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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

1,061

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

865

prescriptions.

169

patients, 22% of all patients

1 1
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

649

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

94

patients, 12% of all patients

2 4
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

599

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

520

prescriptions.

104

patients, 14% of all patients

3 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

562

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

322

prescriptions.

83

patients, 11% of all patients

O 4 18
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

550

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

97

patients, 13% of all patients

5 3
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

536

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

443

prescriptions.

95

patients, 13% of all patients

6 8
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

531

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

440

prescriptions.

118

patients, 16% of all patients

7 9
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

522

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

79

patients, 10% of all patients

8 6
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

477

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

9 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

428

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

73

patients, 10% of all patients

10 2
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

397

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

79

patients, 10% of all patients

11 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

12 10
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

228

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

13 23
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

224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

14 11
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

214

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

15 15
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

16 38
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

17 25
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

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

18 12
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

18 45
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

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

20 16
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

21 44
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

22 20
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

23 26
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

O 24 60
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

25 29
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

25 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

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

172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

27 59
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

O 28 51
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

29 14
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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

30 19
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), 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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

31 56
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

32 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

33 24
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

34 13
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

35 50
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

36 69
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

37 36
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

O 38 42
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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

39 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

40 33
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

41 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

41 22
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

43 52
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

44 65
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 45 43
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 P 46 64
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 47
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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

47 85
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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

47 32
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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

R 50 40
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

51 58
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 O 51 93
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

53 53
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

53 30
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

55 54
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

A 56 110
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

56 72
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 56 73
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

59 34
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 60 61
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 61 116
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

62 101
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 63 196
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 Sept. 22, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.