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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,305Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 369

$621K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 369

377 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older

67% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Rhode Island
lower than average

Antipsychotics

7% of this provider’s 271 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

32% of this provider’s 377 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 271 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

22% of this provider’s 377 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 13%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$784K

2012

$682K

2013

$696K

2014

$621K

2015

Number of Claims

14,299

2012

14,515

2013

14,166

2014

13,305

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

545

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

451

prescriptions.

65

patients, 17% of all patients

1 4
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

435

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

51

patients, 14% of all patients

2 6
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

420

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

59

patients, 16% of all patients

3 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

389

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

54

patients, 14% of all patients

4 8
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

371

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

54

patients, 14% of all patients

5 11
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

361

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

48

patients, 13% of all patients

6 2
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

349

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

54

patients, 14% of all patients

7 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

340

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

8 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

319

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

9 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

O 10 21
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

11 15
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

12 14
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

33

patients, 9% of all patients

13 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

33

patients, 9% of all patients

14 10
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

15 13
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

16 35
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE

Bisoprolol is used alone or... +

Bisoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

17 66
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

18 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

19 9
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

20 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

P 21 49
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

22 65
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

23 26
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

24 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

25 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

26 16
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

27 58
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

28 55
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 O 29 50
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

30 37
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

31 19
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

31 34
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

33 20
VESICARE

Solifenacin is used to trea... +

Solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 34 160
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

35 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

36 23
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

Venlafaxine is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 37 72
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

<11 38 48
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 O 38 102
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 P 40 71
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

41 44
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

O 42 32
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

42 74
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

44 29
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

44 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 44 18
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

47 27
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 48 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 49 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

R 50 39
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 50 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

52 22
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

52 38
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

O 54 69
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

51

patients, 14% of all patients

A 55 60
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

55 183
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 55 57
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 58 47
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 59 88
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 60 42
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 60 33
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 62 62
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 63 25
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 64 61
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 65 124
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

66 51
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Jan. 11, 2017.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.