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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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14,543Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$652K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

516 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

38% 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

26% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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

$648K

2014

$629K

2015

$652K

2016

Number of Claims

12,573

2014

14,038

2015

14,543

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
LISINOPRIL 738

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

636

prescriptions.

126

patients, 24% of all patients

1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 689

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

519

prescriptions.

110

patients, 21% of all patients

2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 621

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

531

prescriptions.

93

patients, 18% of all patients

3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 618

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

476

prescriptions.

106

patients, 21% of all patients

4 1
SIMVASTATIN 517

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

460

prescriptions.

88

patients, 17% of all patients

5 6
METFORMIN HCL 467

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

68

patients, 13% of all patients

6 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 406

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

58

patients, 11% of all patients

7 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 395

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

360

prescriptions.

68

patients, 13% of all patients

8 3
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 347

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

9 69
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 299

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

10 8
ATENOLOL 298

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

11 12
GABAPENTIN 282

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

12 17
FUROSEMIDE 271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

13 7
SERTRALINE HCL 233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

14 15
LORAZEPAM 213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

15 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

16 10
LOVASTATIN 197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

17 40
GLIPIZIDE 193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

18 42
IBUPROFEN 175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

55

patients, 11% of all patients

19 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

20 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

21 19
MELOXICAM 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

22 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

59

patients, 11% of all patients

23 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

24 18
FLUOXETINE HCL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

25 48
PAROXETINE HCL 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

26 53
ALPRAZOLAM 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

27 20
DIAZEPAM 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

28 76
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

28 25
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

30 38
PROAIR HFA 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

31 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

32 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

33 70
FENOFIBRATE* 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

34 93
CLONAZEPAM 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

35 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

35 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

37 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

37 64
RANITIDINE HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

39 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

O 39 24
AZITHROMYCIN 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

79

patients, 15% of all patients

A 41 56
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

42 43
TRAZODONE HCL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

42 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

44 45
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

45 68
SPIRONOLACTONE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

46 88
CLOPIDOGREL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 29
VENTOLIN HFA 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

48 79
CARVEDILOL 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

49 57
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 50 72
CRESTOR 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

50 63
ADVAIR DISKUS 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

52 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

53 21
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 54 136
WARFARIN SODIUM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

54 13
LABETALOL HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 56 141
DONEPEZIL HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 56 30
SYMBICORT 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

58 84
LEVETIRACETAM 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 59 78
PREDNISONE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

59 33
METFORMIN HCL ER 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 61 41
FENOFIBRATE* 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 62 110
ALLOPURINOL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

63 27
GLIPIZIDE ER 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 64 61
BUPROPION HCL SR 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 64 123
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.