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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,089Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 166 out of 355

$765K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 355

264 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% 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 avg 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Rhode Island
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 264 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 264 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$126 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $47 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 403 331 68 1 4
ATENOLOL 242 231 37 2 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 230 195 34 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 212 169 39 4 3
LISINOPRIL 174 126 31 5 1
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 125 29 6 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 133 128* 28 7 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 103 19 8 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 107 81 20 9 18
OMEPRAZOLE 105 76 17 10 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 93* 15 11 13
NORVIR 96 <11 <11 12 181
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 82* 17 13 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 80* 16 14 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 83 12 15 23
IBUPROFEN 81 51 15 16 65
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 59 13 17 28
METFORMIN HCL ER 76 71* 12 18 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74 69* 11 19 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 68* 14 20 14
SYNTHROID 71 <11 <11 21 43
FUROSEMIDE 70 47 12 22 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 66 61* 13 23 8
METFORMIN HCL 65 41 14 24 12
TRUVADA 64 <11 <11 25 188
LORAZEPAM 60 36 13 B 26 30
RANITIDINE HCL 58 17 11 27 36
CRESTOR 58 24 13 27 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 <11 <11 S3 29 17
TRAZODONE HCL 56 <11 <11 30 16
SUSTIVA 53 <11 <11 31 341
MELOXICAM 50 45* 16 32 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 <11 <11 32 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. 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 July 24, 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.