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Prescriber Checkup

PETER SMALL MD

200 HIGH SERVICE AVENUE ST. JOSEPH HEALTH SERVICES OF RHODE ISLAND

North providence | Rhode Island | 02904

(401) 490-5365

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,406Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 189

$784K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 189

252 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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
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this specialty
in Rhode Island
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 252 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 252 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 11,067 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

53 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 891 767 1 14
TRAZODONE HCL 476 405 2 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 475 439 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 441 412 4 6
SERTRALINE HCL 399 296 5 17
FUROSEMIDE 388 366 6 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 380 344 7 27
SIMVASTATIN 352 265 8 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 328 284 9 5
LISINOPRIL 276 222 10 1
NAMENDA 272 218 11 49
MIRTAZAPINE 261 235 12 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 234 206 13 78
OMEPRAZOLE 226 209 14 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 208 179 15 15
RISPERIDONE 172 135 16 82
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 169 160 17 61
SPIRIVA 169 149 17 33
CYMBALTA 157 138 19 59
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 147 102 20 99
LIDODERM 145 110 21 103
ATENOLOL 140 113 22 12
EXELON 135 135 23 101
GABAPENTIN 124 91 24 22
TRAMADOL HCL 114 86 25 32
SEROQUEL 109 85 26 120
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 102 27 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 76 28 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 103 28 42
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 101 84 30 64
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 80 S3 31 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 82 32 19
CLOZAPINE 95 0 33 111
LANTUS 85 64 34 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 76 35 58
RAMIPRIL 79 73 36 67
METFORMIN HCL 77 39 37 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 77 62 37 9
VENLAFAXINE HCL 74 41 39 125
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 72 68 40 122
PREDNISONE 70 69 41 38
FINASTERIDE 67 60 42 83
NOVOLOG 65 43 43 130
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 52 44 109
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 51 45 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 46 45 30
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 58 42 45 73
RANITIDINE HCL 58 32 45 26
TIMOLOL MALEATE 56 50 49 167
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 29 50 29
LACTULOSE 54 47 50 93
CLOPIDOGREL 54 48 50 48
VOLTAREN 51 47 53 216
PLAVIX 51 46 53 74
DIOVAN 50 50 55 51
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 50 R 55 221
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 50 55 13
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 Nov. 30, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.