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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,736Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 355

$583K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 355

537 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

13% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $47 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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
WARFARIN SODIUM 601 596* 46 1 10
TRAZODONE HCL 502 497* 91 2 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 457 439 75 3 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 456 427 80 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 433 410 81 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 431 416 82 6 6
LISINOPRIL 391 373 81 7 1
GABAPENTIN 387 371 60 8 19
ATENOLOL 377 355 63 9 11
MIRTAZAPINE 365 360* 57 10 32
OMEPRAZOLE 360 349 76 11 5
FUROSEMIDE 306 301* 55 12 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 256 239 46 13 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 251 246* 56 14 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 239 239 38 15 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 234 229* 50 16 4
SERTRALINE HCL 232 206 28 17 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 228 228 43 18 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 226 221* 41 19 13
METFORMIN HCL 197 192* 31 20 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 174 161 46 S3 21 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 171 35 22 20
NAMENDA 160 160 17 23 25
CYMBALTA 145 134 15 24 44
DIOVAN 137 137 14 25 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 134 22 26 74
PREDNISONE 120 120 26 27 41
GLIPIZIDE 120 115* 21 27 47
DIGOX 111 100 17 29 94
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 110 110 25 30 61
LORAZEPAM 108 95 41 B 31 30
CLOPIDOGREL 107 107 18 32 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 98* 33 33 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 96* 19 34 26
ALLOPURINOL 98 93* 22 35 29
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 96 91* 19 S2 36 287
CLONAZEPAM 90 75 16 B 37 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 84 11 38 100
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 83 83 15 39 56
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82 82 17 A 40 48
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 78 65 13 41 68
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 76 20 42 55
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 <11 <11 43 51
BUSPIRONE HCL 71 <11 <11 44 139
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 71 66* 11 44 128
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 <11 <11 46 78
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 <11 <11 47 123
LOVASTATIN 67 67 16 47 27
RANITIDINE HCL 65 60* 14 49 36
BUPROPION HCL SR 63 <11 <11 50 152
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 <11 <11 50 23
OXYCODONE HCL 60 55* 18 S2 52 66
LABETALOL HCL 58 46 11 53 142
RISPERIDONE 58 58 12 A 53 76
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 52* 41 55 138
KETOCONAZOLE 57 52* 23 55 194
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 54 <11 <11 57 161
CARVEDILOL 54 <11 <11 57 67
PRADAXA 53 <11 <11 59 206
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 <11 <11 59 70
LEVETIRACETAM 52 <11 <11 61 101
QVAR 52 <11 <11 61 343
LANTUS 52 47* 13 61 62
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 51 <11 <11 64 257
SPIRIVA 51 <11 <11 64 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 <11 <11 66 132
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 March 18, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.