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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,075Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 355

$670K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 355

580 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

5% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $47 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 963 865 144 1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 759 715 125 2 4
LISINOPRIL 695 581 111 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 565 463 94 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 558 482 69 5 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 470 431 84 6 9
SIMVASTATIN 431 349 77 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 404 369 65 8 8
ATENOLOL 403 375 70 9 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 366 326 57 10 13
FUROSEMIDE 316 258 53 11 7
METFORMIN HCL 268 216 48 12 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 259 227 38 13 46
GLIPIZIDE ER 240 211 36 14 72
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 218 105 27 S3 15 17
CRESTOR 213 178 44 16 34
CLOPIDOGREL 205 193 30 17 22
SERTRALINE HCL 192 174 45 18 15
ALPRAZOLAM 190 156 41 B 19 21
CLONAZEPAM 185 73 26 B 20 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 178 166 33 21 10
QUINAPRIL HCL 158 153* 18 22 63
TRAZODONE HCL 147 97 33 23 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 136 117 26 24 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134 118 21 25 26
GABAPENTIN 125 73 34 26 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 121 101 27 27 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117 112* 18 28 28
DIOVAN 116 111* 25 29 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 107* 23 30 33
PREDNISONE 112 79 33 30 41
NEXIUM 105 85 21 32 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 102 89 14 33 110
DEXILANT 102 45 14 33 203
ALLOPURINOL 100 75 19 35 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 99 94* 20 36 14
JANUVIA 98 71 17 37 77
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 96 <11 <11 38 74
GLIPIZIDE XL 95 74 17 39 115
MECLIZINE HCL 92 66 42 40 118
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 92 75 14 40 20
PAROXETINE HCL 90 74 11 42 52
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 32 11 S2 42 85
GLIPIZIDE 87 82* 14 44 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 55 34 44 35
PROAIR HFA 82 66 30 46 40
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 81 67 15 47 71
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 80 75* 15 48 49
NIFEDIPINE ER 80 75* 12 48 117
TRAMADOL HCL 76 27 17 50 31
GLYBURIDE 74 69* 13 R 51 75
AZITHROMYCIN 68 63* 51 52 64
LANTUS 65 <11 <11 53 62
COLCRYS 64 59* 15 54 104
WELCHOL 60 <11 <11 55 168
DIGOX 60 60 11 55 94
DIAZEPAM 60 23 11 B 55 82
RANITIDINE HCL 59 42 11 58 36
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 37 11 59 56
KLOR-CON M20 57 <11 <11 59 69
MELOXICAM 56 <11 <11 61 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 <11 <11 62 38
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 <11 <11 A 63 48
CARVEDILOL 53 <11 <11 64 67
OXYCODONE HCL 52 <11 <11 S2 65 66
FENOFIBRATE* 52 <11 <11 65 58
SYNTHROID 51 <11 <11 67 43
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 <11 <11 S2 68 140
AZOR 50 <11 <11 68 201
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 Oct. 16, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.