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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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12,744Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$970K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

646 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older

94% 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

12% of this provider’s 646 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

10% of this provider’s 646 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$862K

2014

$900K

2015

$970K

2016

Number of Claims

13,022

2014

12,531

2015

12,744

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
OMEPRAZOLE 750

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

517

prescriptions.

170

patients, 26% of all patients

1 4
METFORMIN HCL 637

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

424

prescriptions.

153

patients, 24% of all patients

2 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 610

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

184

patients, 28% of all patients

3 3
LISINOPRIL 547

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

154

patients, 24% of all patients

4 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 457

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

321

prescriptions.

159

patients, 25% of all patients

5 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 373

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

6 34
SIMVASTATIN 367

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

306

prescriptions.

105

patients, 16% of all patients

7 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 350

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

97

patients, 15% of all patients

8 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 317

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

76

patients, 12% of all patients

9 8
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

10 38
LANTUS 214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

11 67
FUROSEMIDE 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

12 7
GABAPENTIN 183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

13 17
TRAZODONE HCL 174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

14 14
JANUVIA 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

15 77
NAPROXEN 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

15 94
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

17 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

18 37
TRAMADOL HCL 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

O 19 32
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

20 5
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

21 21
VENTOLIN HFA 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

22 79
RANITIDINE HCL 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

23 28
GLIPIZIDE 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

24 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

24 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

26 16
CARVEDILOL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

27 57
IBUPROFEN 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

28 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

29 43
ATENOLOL 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

30 12
SERTRALINE HCL 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 15
CHLORTHALIDONE 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

32 86
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

33 259
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

34 22
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

35 166
LYRICA 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

36 131
MIRTAZAPINE 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

37 31
CLOPIDOGREL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

38 29
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

39 69
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

40 45
MELOXICAM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

41 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

42 59
AMMONIUM LACTATE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

42 222
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

44 23
INSULIN SYRINGE* 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

45 241
NEXIUM 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

45 121
FLOVENT HFA 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

47 146
CITALOPRAM HBR 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

48 19
PROAIR HFA 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

49 54
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 50 80
MECLIZINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

51 111
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

52 152
CLONIDINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 53 144
SPIRONOLACTONE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

54 88
INSULIN SYRINGE* 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

54 248
DUTASTERIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

56 334
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 56 334
TOPIRAMATE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 58 191
PAROXETINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 59 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

60 44
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 Oct. 2, 2007.
  • 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.