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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,714Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

788 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older

6% 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

1% of this provider’s 774 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

26% of this provider’s 788 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$1.01M

2014

$1.02M

2015

$1.04M

2016

Number of Claims

16,790

2014

17,235

2015

17,714

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 2,231

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

2,210

prescriptions.

377

patients, 48% of all patients

1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 876

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

871

prescriptions.

156

patients, 20% of all patients

2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 759

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

747

prescriptions.

113

patients, 14% of all patients

3 5
ATENOLOL 696

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

679

prescriptions.

135

patients, 17% of all patients

4 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 645

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

645

prescriptions.

117

patients, 15% of all patients

5 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 529

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

529

prescriptions.

97

patients, 12% of all patients

6 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 514

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

509

prescriptions.

93

patients, 12% of all patients

7 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 489

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

489

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% of all patients

8 19
OMEPRAZOLE 448

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

443

prescriptions.

79

patients, 10% of all patients

9 4
METFORMIN HCL 409

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

70

patients, 9% of all patients

10 11
SIMVASTATIN 375

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

360

prescriptions.

69

patients, 9% of all patients

11 6
FUROSEMIDE 319

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

68

patients, 9% of all patients

12 7
CRESTOR 308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

308

prescriptions.

70

patients, 9% of all patients

13 63
ALLOPURINOL 283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

14 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

15 18
LISINOPRIL 249

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

16 2
TAMSULOSIN HCL 239

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

17 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 232

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

55

patients, 7% of all patients

18 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

19 34
GLIMEPIRIDE 179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

20 37
TRAZODONE HCL 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

21 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

22 30
MELOXICAM 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

23 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

24 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

25 16
SERTRALINE HCL 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

26 15
CLOPIDOGREL 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

27 29
QUINAPRIL HCL 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

28 73
ZETIA 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

29 98
BENICAR 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

30 180
GABAPENTIN 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

31 17
CLONAZEPAM 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 35
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

31 66
ALPRAZOLAM 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

34 20
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

35 187
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

36 64
LORAZEPAM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

37 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

38 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

39 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

40 36
PROAIR HFA 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

41 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

P 42 46
SPIRIVA 80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

43 60
BYSTOLIC 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

44 102
NAMENDA XR 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

45 50
VALSARTAN 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

45 65
KLOR-CON M20 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

47 97
BENICAR HCT 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

48 193
WELCHOL 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

49 290
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

49 192
JANUMET 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

51 182
SYNTHROID 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

51 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

53 59
AZITHROMYCIN 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

A 53 56
FENOFIBRATE* 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

55 93
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

55 22
RANITIDINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

57 28
IRBESARTAN 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 58 109
PAROXETINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 59 53
CARVEDILOL 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 59 57
CLONIDINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 61 144
RALOXIFENE HCL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 61 165
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 63 139
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 64 69
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

64 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 66 115
NIFEDIPINE ER 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

67 127
DEXILANT 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

68 222
NAPROXEN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

69 94
FELODIPINE ER 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 69 114
FINASTERIDE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 69 62
FENOFIBRATE* 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 72 124
VICTOZA 3-PAK 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 73 353
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 Jan. 29, 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.