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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,133Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 155 out of 337

$257K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 177 out of 337

266 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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 266 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 266 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 5,181 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 498 425 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 323 287 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 285 257 3 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 248 201 4 14
ATENOLOL 225 173 5 10
FUROSEMIDE 169 142 6 8
METFORMIN HCL 160 133 7 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 159 142 8 5
OMEPRAZOLE 151 131 9 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 105 S3 10 13
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 134 134 11 68
PAROXETINE HCL 124 94 12 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 118 115 13 7
DIOVAN 113 113 14 26
PROAIR HFA 108 87 15 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 93 16 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92 92 17 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 78 18 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 68 19 23
FENOFIBRATE 84 55 20 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 71 21 9
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 78 76 22 143
SERTRALINE HCL 75 53 23 18
TRAZODONE HCL 74 49 24 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 49 25 17
GLIPIZIDE 64 60 26 45
LORAZEPAM 62 60 27 119
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 51 28 44
FELODIPINE ER 54 54 29 79
CRESTOR 52 40 30 29
QUINAPRIL HCL 52 52 30 50
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.