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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,475Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 24

$305K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 24

187 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%* 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

11% of this provider’s 187 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 187 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 330 330 46 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 319 293 47 2 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 281 276* 23 3 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 261* 38 4 10
LISINOPRIL 244 233 33 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 233 218 35 6 19
FUROSEMIDE 229 229 41 7 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 188 183* 33 8 44
SIMVASTATIN 184 159 25 9 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 125 21 10 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 140 140 20 11 28
CYMBALTA 127 127 11 12 63
SERTRALINE HCL 125 125 23 13 66
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 124 112 16 14 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 107 22 15 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 93 14 16 76
METFORMIN HCL 101 89 13 17 35
TRAZODONE HCL 93 88* 26 18 86
NAMENDA 81 81 14 19 57
MIRTAZAPINE 79 79 15 20 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 <11 <11 21 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 76 76 14 21 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 74 15 S3 23 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 66 13 24 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 <11 <11 25 18
PROPRANOLOL HCL 63 <11 <11 25 104
GABAPENTIN 62 <11 <11 27 5
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 <11 <11 28 51
EXELON 56 <11 <11 29 112
DIOVAN 54 <11 <11 30 71
AGGRENOX 53 <11 <11 31 117
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 Sept. 30, 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.