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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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14,699Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$672K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

553 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

44% 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

2% of this provider’s 453 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

32% of this provider’s 553 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 553 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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

$708K

2014

$626K

2015

$672K

2016

Number of Claims

14,953

2014

13,779

2015

14,699

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
LISINOPRIL 615

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

469

prescriptions.

101

patients, 18% of all patients

1 2
SIMVASTATIN 599

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

475

prescriptions.

98

patients, 18% of all patients

2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 575

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

435

prescriptions.

93

patients, 17% of all patients

3 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 547

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

452

prescriptions.

101

patients, 18% of all patients

4 1
METFORMIN HCL 488

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

376

prescriptions.

81

patients, 15% of all patients

5 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 424

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

72

patients, 13% of all patients

6 8
FUROSEMIDE 382

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

297

prescriptions.

66

patients, 12% of all patients

7 7
TRAMADOL HCL 364

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

82

patients, 15% of all patients

O 8 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

69

patients, 12% of all patients

9 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 340

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

53

patients, 10% of all patients

10 5
GABAPENTIN 315

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

11 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

12 13
TRAZODONE HCL 259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

13 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

14 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 230

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

15 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

16 43
CLOPIDOGREL 193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

17 29
ALPRAZOLAM 189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

18 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

19 9
SERTRALINE HCL 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

20 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

21 36
LORAZEPAM 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

22 26
ATENOLOL 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

23 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

24 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

66

patients, 12% of all patients

25 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

26 19
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

27 64
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

28 45
CLONAZEPAM 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

29 35
PROAIR HFA 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

29 54
DIAZEPAM 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

31 76
ALLOPURINOL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

32 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

33 37
AZITHROMYCIN 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

72

patients, 13% of all patients

A 34 56
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

34 69
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

36 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

37 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

38 44
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

P 39 46
ADVAIR DISKUS 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 59
BACLOFEN 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

41 106
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

42 71
GLIPIZIDE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

42 42
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

44 49
LOVASTATIN 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

44 40
LANTUS 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 44 67
IBUPROFEN 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

44 52
ROPINIROLE HCL 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 48 135
FINASTERIDE 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 49 62
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 50 90
SPIRIVA 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 51 60
MELOXICAM 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

52 39
FENOFIBRATE* 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 52 124
MIRTAZAPINE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

52 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 55 85
VENLAFAXINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 56 177
HUMALOG 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

57 140
RANITIDINE HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

58 28
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

59 152
FLUOXETINE HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

60 48
BUPROPION HCL SR 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

61 123
INVOKANA 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 61 359
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 June 7, 2012.
  • 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.