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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,238Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 337

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 337

593 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

3% of this provider’s 593 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 593 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,335 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,298 1,169 1 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 743 663 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 695 605 3 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 613 568 4 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 613 512 4 3
LISINOPRIL 462 427 6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 405 345 7 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 381 329 8 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 347 331 9 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 324 304 10 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 321 287 11 60
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 260 12 31
ATENOLOL 270 268 13 10
FENOFIBRATE 258 211 14 48
CRESTOR 258 206 14 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 233 163 16 52
DIOVAN 229 211 17 26
FUROSEMIDE 223 216 18 8
GABAPENTIN 203 151 19 20
ALLOPURINOL 197 185 20 28
RANITIDINE HCL 194 158 21 30
LIPITOR 179 160 22 33
MELOXICAM 165 140 23 54
NAMENDA 145 145 24 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 143 25 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 140 135 26 6
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 130 130 R 27 99
WARFARIN SODIUM 129 103 28 11
FINASTERIDE 122 114 29 83
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 83 30 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 114 114 31 44
SERTRALINE HCL 113 105 32 18
DIOVAN HCT 111 87 33 88
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 102 33 36
MIRTAZAPINE 108 96 35 27
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 107 93 36 173
EXFORGE 107 107 36 226
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 105 96 38 97
NEXIUM 104 104 39 56
CALCITONIN-SALMON 99 99 40 195
CARVEDILOL 98 93 41 73
BENICAR 96 80 42 110
TRAZODONE HCL 86 45 43 16
TRAMADOL HCL 84 72 44 32
ONGLYZA 84 84 44 244
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 82 59 R 46 75
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 74 47 21
NADOLOL 78 60 48 156
AZOR 76 76 49 239
ATELVIA 75 75 50 199
SPIRONOLACTONE 73 64 51 100
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 70 70 52 144
ACTOS 70 69 52 175
PROAIR HFA 69 64 54 38
GALANTAMINE HBR 63 63 55 234
BYSTOLIC 62 62 56 91
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 61 53 57 211
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 60 47 58 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 44 59 23
SPIRIVA 59 52 59 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 57 48 61 47
TRIBENZOR 56 56 62 224
EVISTA 56 50 62 102
PLAVIX 56 56 62 74
CLOPIDOGREL 55 54 65 42
ACTONEL 54 45 66 212
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 44 66 34
METFORMIN HCL 53 32 68 12
DIGOXIN 51 51 69 58
PRADAXA 51 51 69 233
SYNTHROID 51 51 69 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 50 72 66
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 25, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.