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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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16,291Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$709K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

639 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% 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

6% of this provider’s 603 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

22% of this provider’s 639 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

21% of this provider’s 639 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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

$675K

2014

$722K

2015

$709K

2016

Number of Claims

15,202

2014

15,636

2015

16,291

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 666

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

650

prescriptions.

115

patients, 18% of all patients

1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 628

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

573

prescriptions.

94

patients, 15% of all patients

2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 626

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

621

prescriptions.

106

patients, 17% of all patients

3 3
FUROSEMIDE 569

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

548

prescriptions.

79

patients, 12% of all patients

4 7
TRAZODONE HCL 544

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

530

prescriptions.

73

patients, 11% of all patients

5 14
SIMVASTATIN 491

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

467

prescriptions.

82

patients, 13% of all patients

6 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 470

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

470

prescriptions.

74

patients, 12% of all patients

7 9
LISINOPRIL 447

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

417

prescriptions.

86

patients, 13% of all patients

8 2
SERTRALINE HCL 400

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

9 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 366

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

361

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

10 13
OMEPRAZOLE 350

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

11 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 335

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

12 8
ATENOLOL 256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

13 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

O 14 24
LORAZEPAM 224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

15 26
METFORMIN HCL 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

16 11
GABAPENTIN 208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

17 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

18 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

19 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

20 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

21 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

22 64
ALLOPURINOL 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

23 27
ALPRAZOLAM 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

23 20
CLOPIDOGREL 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

25 29
RISPERIDONE 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

P 26 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

27 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

28 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

29 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

30 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

31 34
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

32 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

33 44
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

P 34 46
PREDNISONE 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

35 33
GLIPIZIDE 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

36 42
NAMENDA XR 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

<11 37 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

38 48
TRAMADOL HCL 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

O 39 32
FINASTERIDE 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

40 62
CLONAZEPAM 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

41 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

41 49
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

43 71
DULOXETINE HCL 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

43 47
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

O 45 72
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

46 23
VALSARTAN 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 65
MIRTAZAPINE 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

48 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

49 37
AUTOSHIELD DUO PEN NEEDLE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 50 132
METFORMIN HCL ER 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 50 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 52 88
CARVEDILOL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 53 57
LATANOPROST 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 54 81
SPIRIVA 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 55 60
MELOXICAM 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

55 39
RAMIPRIL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 57 148
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 58 68
FAMOTIDINE* 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 58 143
SYNTHROID 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 58 58
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 61 92
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 61 91
DIGOXIN 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 63 82
MEMANTINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 63 96
OXYCODONE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

O 65 51
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 66 112
RANITIDINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

66 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 66 45
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 Feb. 1, 2011.
  • 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.