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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,845Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 355

$633K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 355

584 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% 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 avg 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Rhode Island
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 584 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 584 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $47 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,188 988 170 1 3
LISINOPRIL 868 781 142 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 693 625 119 3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 637 601 99 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 498 424 72 5 12
FUROSEMIDE 464 425 96 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 459 426 68 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 389 378 70 8 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 381 376* 63 9 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 377 298 54 10 18
QUINAPRIL HCL 309 282 45 11 63
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 288 263 45 12 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 254 236 26 13 10
SERTRALINE HCL 240 192 42 14 15
TRAZODONE HCL 239 199 44 15 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 207 207 32 16 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 204 163 33 17 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 185 169 27 18 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 184 169 32 19 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 166 103 38 S3 20 17
ATENOLOL 163 144 29 21 11
LOVASTATIN 150 145* 20 22 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 127 18 23 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 140 110 58 24 35
TRAMADOL HCL 133 101 38 25 31
PROAIR HFA 128 83 41 26 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 125 120* 18 27 46
GABAPENTIN 118 95 20 28 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 112* 24 29 13
GLIPIZIDE ER 111 106* 18 30 72
ALLOPURINOL 108 108 18 31 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 97* 18 32 38
MELOXICAM 100 88 30 33 54
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 95* 14 33 91
CLOPIDOGREL 99 94* 17 35 22
SPIRIVA 91 80 20 36 42
DIOVAN 91 86* 14 36 37
NAPROXEN 88 83* 24 38 95
MIRTAZAPINE 87 74 15 39 32
GLIPIZIDE 86 81* 17 40 47
PROPRANOLOL HCL 83 <11 <11 41 121
CRESTOR 80 67 13 42 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 38 20 R 43 108
GLIMEPIRIDE 78 73* 18 43 50
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 77 72* 13 45 218
RANITIDINE HCL 75 61 18 46 36
IBUPROFEN 74 57 26 47 65
CARVEDILOL 74 69* 13 47 67
DILTIAZEM ER 72 <11 <11 49 198
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 65* 14 50 33
METFORMIN HCL ER 70 65* 18 50 53
PAROXETINE HCL 70 <11 <11 50 52
LORAZEPAM 69 48 12 B 53 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 69 <11 <11 53 70
GEMFIBROZIL 65 <11 <11 55 127
NEXIUM 62 <11 <11 56 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 47 17 57 45
AZITHROMYCIN 58 53* 54 58 64
NADOLOL 56 <11 <11 59 173
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 51* 11 59 59
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 55 <11 <11 R 61 136
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 <11 <11 61 105
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 <11 <11 63 92
JANUVIA 52 <11 <11 64 77
ZETIA 52 <11 <11 64 80
IRBESARTAN 51 <11 <11 66 216
LANTUS 50 <11 <11 67 62
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 Feb. 5, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.