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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,192Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 195 out of 355

$212K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 201 out of 355

223 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

10% of this provider’s 223 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $47 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 370 358 51 1 4
LOVASTATIN 311 298 76 2 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 248 235 52 3 49
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 206* 59 4 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 198 193* 43 5 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189 184* 28 6 13
ATENOLOL 182 177* 40 7 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 178 173* 41 8 8
LISINOPRIL 174 169* 40 9 1
OMEPRAZOLE 156 151* 35 10 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 141 136* 28 11 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 116 91 23 S3 12 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 114 114 29 13 6
FUROSEMIDE 109 109 21 14 7
JANUVIA 103 98* 16 15 77
ALPRAZOLAM 89 84* 20 B 16 21
RANITIDINE HCL 80 68 16 17 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 62* 12 18 50
DIGOX 67 67 11 18 94
AZITHROMYCIN 64 59* 47 20 64
CLOPIDOGREL 64 59* 12 20 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 60 <11 <11 22 20
FINASTERIDE 58 <11 <11 23 79
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 58 <11 <11 23 70
TRAZODONE HCL 50 50 14 25 16
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 Aug. 29, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.