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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,610Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 180 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$148K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 252 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

238 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

22% 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

38% of this provider’s 238 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

9% of this provider’s 238 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$26 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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

$232K

2014

$189K

2015

$148K

2016

Number of Claims

6,587

2014

6,166

2015

5,610

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 540

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

487

prescriptions.

97

patients, 41% of all patients

1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 308

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

47

patients, 20% of all patients

2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 290

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

43

patients, 18% of all patients

3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 286

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

52

patients, 22% of all patients

4 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 204

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

32

patients, 13% of all patients

5 9
SERTRALINE HCL 195

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

39

patients, 16% of all patients

6 15
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 191

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

33

patients, 14% of all patients

7 66
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 173

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

27

patients, 11% of all patients

8 8
FUROSEMIDE 166

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

27

patients, 11% of all patients

9 7
METFORMIN HCL 129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

21

patients, 9% of all patients

10 11
SIMVASTATIN 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

23

patients, 10% of all patients

11 6
VALSARTAN 117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

12 65
BUPROPION HCL SR 109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

13 123
CITALOPRAM HBR 108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

14 19
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

15 90
TRAZODONE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

16 14
MELOXICAM 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

17 39
CLOPIDOGREL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 18 29
TRAMADOL HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

O 19 32
LISINOPRIL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

19 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

21 18
GABAPENTIN 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

22 17
ATENOLOL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

23 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 24 49
ALLOPURINOL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 25 27
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. 25, 2016.
  • 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.