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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,402Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 337

$1.78M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 337

1,113 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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 1,113 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 1,113 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 28,952 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,174 1,037 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,162 1,111 2 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,096 936 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,089 981 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,081 885 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 975 952 6 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 908 734 7 14
OMEPRAZOLE 872 750 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 782 700 9 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 750 447 S3 10 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 644 634 11 22
TRAZODONE HCL 642 543 12 16
SERTRALINE HCL 553 480 13 18
GABAPENTIN 496 416 14 20
ATENOLOL 493 450 15 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 491 445 16 7
MIRTAZAPINE 423 410 17 27
METFORMIN HCL 421 328 18 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 414 368 19 17
RANITIDINE HCL 363 252 20 30
NAMENDA 351 339 21 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 328 281 22 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 325 312 23 15
DIOVAN 318 286 24 26
TRAMADOL HCL 311 275 25 32
PROAIR HFA 271 170 26 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 267 252 27 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 255 217 28 61
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 253 198 29 21
LANTUS 252 241 30 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 247 184 31 23
SPIRIVA 234 187 32 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 222 196 33 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 210 172 34 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 200 140 35 34
ALLOPURINOL 192 182 36 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 191 140 37 44
OXYCODONE HCL 190 130 S2 38 63
GLIPIZIDE 185 182 39 45
CRESTOR 178 110 40 29
FENOFIBRATE 176 131 41 48
VERAPAMIL ER 176 152 41 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 175 153 43 76
QUINAPRIL HCL 172 118 44 50
CYMBALTA 169 152 45 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 158 155 46 19
LOVASTATIN 157 140 47 24
CLOPIDOGREL 153 145 48 42
KLOR-CON M20 152 138 49 65
RISPERIDONE 152 106 49 72
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 151 145 51 86
CARVEDILOL 149 129 52 73
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 137 53 31
AZITHROMYCIN 146 111 54 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 142 131 55 66
LACTULOSE 141 74 56 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 133 76 57 57
LIDODERM 131 131 58 82
IBUPROFEN 129 59 59 64
OXYCONTIN 125 86 S2 60 87
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 119 61 70
DIGOXIN 124 124 61 58
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 124 118 61 37
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 121 121 64 96
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 79 S2 65 84
CLOZAPINE 116 0 66 94
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 114 102 67 92
BYSTOLIC 114 96 67 91
PLAVIX 113 111 69 74
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 103 69 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 108 66 71 97
MECLIZINE HCL 104 93 72 117
LIPITOR 104 87 72 33
LEVOXYL 101 94 74 90
EXELON 101 88 74 85
PREDNISONE 100 98 76 40
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 99 81 77 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 98 83 78 62
BUSPIRONE HCL 98 49 78 129
LATANOPROST 97 97 80 120
FENTANYL 97 91 S2 80 138
VENLAFAXINE HCL 96 71 82 168
METFORMIN HCL ER 93 86 83 52
CEFUROXIME 89 79 84 167
RESTASIS 89 89 84 221
NOVOLOG 87 87 86 106
NOVOLIN R 86 86 87 165
TERAZOSIN HCL 86 82 87 136
NEXIUM 85 44 89 56
MELOXICAM 85 85 89 54
GEMFIBROZIL 84 55 91 114
FINASTERIDE 84 71 91 83
GLYBURIDE 83 53 R 93 53
ZETIA 83 66 93 89
SEROQUEL 82 64 95 107
NIASPAN 81 38 96 157
JANUVIA 80 77 97 81
FLUOCINONIDE 79 56 98 250
NYSTOP 79 77 98 140
COLCRYS 77 65 100 128
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 66 101 71
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 68 101 60
PAROXETINE HCL 73 69 103 46
METHOTREXATE 73 73 103 205
DILTIAZEM ER 72 68 105 169
SINGULAIR 72 45 105 113
SYNTHROID 71 71 107 41
BENICAR 71 56 107 110
HYDRALAZINE HCL 70 68 109 122
DIOVAN HCT 70 70 109 88
GLIPIZIDE XL 70 49 109 123
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 70 38 109 124
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 70 66 109 183
RAMIPRIL 69 40 114 80
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 69 69 114 67
OLANZAPINE 69 53 114 108
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 57 114 100
ACARBOSE 68 51 118 235
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 68 42 118 211
LORAZEPAM 67 66 120 119
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 66 121 104
TRICOR 65 46 122 134
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 32 R 122 75
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 65 122 101
CELEBREX 63 42 125 116
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 61 61 126 161
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 57 127 181
AGGRENOX 60 60 127 174
GLIPIZIDE ER 59 53 129 69
TIMOLOL MALEATE 59 59 129 217
NYSTATIN 58 56 131 125
TRAVATAN Z 57 57 132 160
ACTONEL 56 56 133 212
ACTOS 56 34 133 175
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 32 135 206
ERYTHROMYCIN 55 52 135 202
FLOVENT HFA 54 51 137 155
BUPROPION HCL SR 54 46 137 154
CARBAMAZEPINE 54 42 137 207
LABETALOL HCL 53 48 140 149
ALPRAZOLAM 53 49 140 78
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 50 142 39
SYMBICORT 51 38 142 151
ATACAND 50 50 144 319
LITHIUM CARBONATE 50 29 144 232
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 25, 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.