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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,450Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 189

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 189

636 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 636 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 636 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 24,765 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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 1,014 1,009 1 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 990 975 2 5
LISINOPRIL 906 868 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 825 794 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 808 806 5 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 798 765 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 774 756 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 707 685 8 6
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 632 632 9 64
TRAZODONE HCL 511 485 10 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 481 468 11 27
SERTRALINE HCL 469 469 12 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 453 427 13 15
GABAPENTIN 407 407 14 22
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 401 401 15 73
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 400 357 16 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 353 336 17 9
ATENOLOL 343 319 18 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 326 326 19 28
TRAMADOL HCL 286 280 20 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 281 281 21 77
NAMENDA 280 280 22 49
RAMIPRIL 272 272 23 67
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 270 270 24 19
PREDNISONE 256 255 25 38
MIRTAZAPINE 239 239 26 45
METFORMIN HCL 228 225 27 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 228 224 27 78
LANTUS 225 208 29 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 206 30 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 211 204 31 20
CLOPIDOGREL 211 204 31 48
SPIRIVA 203 203 33 33
FINASTERIDE 199 196 34 83
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 197 193 35 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 189 189 36 61
LATANOPROST 159 159 37 128
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 153 38 23
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 154 154 39 100
CYMBALTA 153 148 40 59
DIOVAN 148 148 41 51
ALLOPURINOL 138 138 42 25
LOVASTATIN 136 128 43 21
CARVEDILOL 133 133 44 65
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 132 120 45 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 132 117 45 58
EXELON 127 127 47 101
FENTANYL 126 126 S2 48 139
PLAVIX 117 112 49 74
AZITHROMYCIN 114 105 50 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 114 113 50 42
METOLAZONE 113 113 52 169
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 110 S3 53 11
SYNTHROID 110 94 54 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 105 102 R 55 70
FLOVENT HFA 103 103 56 152
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 100 100 57 130
GLIPIZIDE ER 100 94 57 52
SEROQUEL 100 96 57 120
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 99 99 60 122
LIPITOR 97 79 61 57
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 97 97 61 68
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 96 96 63 175
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 96 96 63 124
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 94 83 65 104
NEXIUM 93 93 66 62
METFORMIN HCL ER 90 88 67 37
GLYBURIDE 90 89 R 67 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 89 69 85
AVELOX 88 88 70 177
LACTULOSE 88 88 70 93
HYDRALAZINE HCL 87 87 72 112
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 80 80 73 181
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 79 79 74 182
KLOR-CON M20 78 78 75 80
CEPHALEXIN 76 75 76 138
CRESTOR 75 66 77 31
RISPERIDONE 72 72 78 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 68 79 24
LIDODERM 68 68 79 103
OXYCONTIN 68 68 S2 79 75
EVISTA 67 67 82 98
OLANZAPINE 65 65 83 136
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 65 65 83 145
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 63 85 69
TIMOLOL MALEATE 64 64 85 167
VENLAFAXINE HCL 64 64 85 125
LEVETIRACETAM 63 63 88 119
DIGOXIN 62 62 89 66
NOVOLIN R 62 62 89 192
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 61 91 99
LEXAPRO 61 61 91 195
AMOXICILLIN 60 55 93 94
DILANTIN 60 60 93 201
INSULIN SYRINGE 59 47 95 143
PAROXETINE HCL 59 40 95 46
PROAIR HFA 58 57 97 35
SPS 56 56 98 206
GLIPIZIDE 56 56 98 39
TERAZOSIN HCL 54 54 100 89
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 51 51 R 101 127
FENOFIBRATE 50 50 102 36
TAMIFLU 50 49 102 221
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. 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.