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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,271Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$644K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

658 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

24% 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

3% of this provider’s 628 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

29% of this provider’s 658 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

14% of this provider’s 658 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$718K

2014

$746K

2015

$644K

2016

Number of Claims

19,230

2014

17,974

2015

17,271

2016

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.

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 904

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

884

prescriptions.

161

patients, 24% of all patients

1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 701

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

696

prescriptions.

109

patients, 17% of all patients

2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 601

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

580

prescriptions.

127

patients, 19% of all patients

3 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 591

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

570

prescriptions.

97

patients, 15% of all patients

4 9
SIMVASTATIN 545

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

520

prescriptions.

103

patients, 16% of all patients

5 6
LISINOPRIL 544

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

512

prescriptions.

88

patients, 13% of all patients

6 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 534

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

500

prescriptions.

79

patients, 12% of all patients

7 5
ATENOLOL 444

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

425

prescriptions.

74

patients, 11% of all patients

8 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 398

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

393

prescriptions.

94

patients, 14% of all patients

9 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 394

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

383

prescriptions.

77

patients, 12% of all patients

10 16
FUROSEMIDE 360

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

360

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

11 7
GABAPENTIN 359

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

12 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 301

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

13 13
SERTRALINE HCL 272

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

14 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

15 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

16 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

17 34
METFORMIN HCL ER 263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

18 41
ALPRAZOLAM 249

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

19 20
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 231

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

20 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 226

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

21 37
LORAZEPAM 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

22 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

23 23
MIRTAZAPINE 197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

24 31
PREDNISONE 188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

25 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

O 26 24
MELOXICAM 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

27 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

28 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

29 19
TRAMADOL HCL 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

O 30 32
ALLOPURINOL 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

31 27
RANITIDINE HCL 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

32 28
CLOPIDOGREL 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

33 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

34 88
TRAZODONE HCL 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

35 14
LOVASTATIN 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

36 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

37 22
CARVEDILOL 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

38 57
VALSARTAN 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

39 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

40 43
QUINAPRIL HCL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

41 73
FINASTERIDE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

42 62
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

43 71
CLONAZEPAM 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

44 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

45 135
METFORMIN HCL 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

46 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

46 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

48 18
CELECOXIB 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

49 160
LABETALOL HCL 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

<11 49 141
BENAZEPRIL HCL 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

51 117
SPIRIVA 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

52 60
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

53 95
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

54 36
FELODIPINE ER 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 54 114
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

54 68
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

54 128
DULOXETINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 54 47
SYNTHROID 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 59 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

59 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

61 136
IBUPROFEN 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

61 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

61 49
PROAIR HFA 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

64 54
PAROXETINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 65 53
CEPHALEXIN 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

A 66 122
JANUVIA 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 66 77
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 68 115
FLUOXETINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 69 48
TOLTERODINE TARTRATE ER 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

69 262
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 69 55
FAMOTIDINE* 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 69 143
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 June 19, 2008.
  • 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.