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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,595Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 77

$318K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 77

173 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Rhode Island
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 173 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs*

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $39 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Rhode Island
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 360 336 31 1 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 330 292 43 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 284 267 44 3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 247 198 38 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 238 216 36 5 22
SERTRALINE HCL 232 201 18 6 47
SIMVASTATIN 196 178 27 7 6
TRAZODONE HCL 183 183 23 8 52
ALPRAZOLAM 176 153 21 B 9 44
LISINOPRIL 165 132 28 10 2
MIRTAZAPINE 147 147 14 11 58
CLOPIDOGREL 140 135* 19 12 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 133 122 16 13 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 107 15 14 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 116 104 17 15 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 111 111 11 A 16 71
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 109 109 14 17 83
NAMENDA 94 <11 <11 18 96
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 55 12 19 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 79 79 11 20 87
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 77 11 S3 21 42
OLANZAPINE 75 <11 <11 A 22 109
METFORMIN HCL 73 <11 <11 23 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 <11 <11 24 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 66 12 25 8
DIOVAN 64 <11 <11 26 20
LORAZEPAM 64 53 17 B 26 53
ATENOLOL 62 57* 15 28 9
PREDNISONE 61 <11 <11 29 119
RANITIDINE HCL 59 <11 <11 30 81
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 <11 <11 31 56
ATROVENT HFA 53 <11 <11 32 130
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 <11 <11 33 50
NYSTATIN 51 51 15 33 134
DIGOX 50 <11 <11 35 15
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. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost 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 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.
  • 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 Oct. 21, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.