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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,658Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 73 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$471K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 88 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

513 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

17% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

11% of this provider’s 513 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 513 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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

$482K

2014

$488K

2015

$471K

2016

Number of Claims

10,926

2014

10,858

2015

10,658

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 486

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

472

prescriptions.

87

patients, 17% of all patients

1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 447

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

70

patients, 14% of all patients

2 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 442

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

400

prescriptions.

72

patients, 14% of all patients

3 16
LISINOPRIL 422

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

374

prescriptions.

72

patients, 14% of all patients

4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 355

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

68

patients, 13% of all patients

5 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 306

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

58

patients, 11% of all patients

6 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 306

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

59

patients, 12% of all patients

6 9
SIMVASTATIN 285

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

8 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 284

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

55

patients, 11% of all patients

9 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

10 45
METFORMIN HCL 251

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

11 11
GABAPENTIN 211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

12 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

13 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

14 18
ALLOPURINOL 195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

15 27
FUROSEMIDE 190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

16 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

17 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

18 37
SERTRALINE HCL 176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

19 15
CARVEDILOL 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

20 57
ATENOLOL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

21 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

22 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

22 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

24 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

25 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

26 19
LORAZEPAM 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

27 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

28 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

29 36
TRAZODONE HCL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

30 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

31 48
PAROXETINE HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

32 53
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

O 33 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 115
SYNTHROID 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

35 58
PREDNISONE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

36 33
CLOPIDOGREL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 37 29
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

38 169
ALPRAZOLAM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 20
MIRTAZAPINE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

40 31
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

40 125
KLOR-CON M20 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

42 97
CRESTOR 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

43 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 44 107
OXYCODONE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 45 51
LACTULOSE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 46 116
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 Nov. 30, 2015.
  • 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.