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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,348Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 355

$567K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 355

744 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

5% of this provider’s 744 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 744 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$31 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $47 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 1,254 1,180 196 1 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,087 1,028 172 2 8
LISINOPRIL 1,023 998 180 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 873 827 155 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 826 814 117 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 807 736 133 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 570 525 80 7 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 548 517 82 8 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 433 406 69 9 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 406 372 60 10 20
FUROSEMIDE 373 361 57 11 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 359 359 38 12 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 357 325 57 13 59
SERTRALINE HCL 338 338 41 14 15
ALLOPURINOL 330 297 57 15 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 320 308 55 16 13
FELODIPINE ER 278 265 42 17 87
ALPRAZOLAM 271 238 52 B 18 21
GLIPIZIDE 222 211 39 19 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 208 190 33 20 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 195 179 29 21 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 184 163 51 22 35
TRAZODONE HCL 169 169 27 23 16
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 164 147 26 R 24 245
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 147 135 27 25 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 143 138* 24 26 45
ATENOLOL 140 127 23 27 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 130 125* 94 28 73
KLOR-CON M20 128 123* 22 29 69
ZETIA 122 117* 21 30 80
SYNTHROID 117 112* 19 31 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 92 28 S3 32 17
AZITHROMYCIN 112 107* 90 33 64
PREDNISONE 106 101* 32 34 41
PAROXETINE HCL 105 94 16 35 52
GABAPENTIN 104 104 20 36 19
LORAZEPAM 103 91 28 B 37 30
MELOXICAM 103 88 20 37 54
RANITIDINE HCL 103 98* 21 37 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 103 103 20 37 117
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 94* 75 41 98
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 94 89* 15 42 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 93 93 12 43 51
SPIRIVA 86 74 16 44 42
CLOPIDOGREL 85 80* 17 45 22
CRESTOR 83 78* 13 46 34
KLOR-CON M10 82 68 12 47 175
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 66 15 48 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 80 80 13 48 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 79 13 50 23
KLOR-CON 10 78 78 16 51 184
TRAMADOL HCL 76 76 19 52 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 74 74 11 53 26
DIGOX 73 73 12 54 94
TEMAZEPAM 72 72 12 B 55 112
FENOFIBRATE* 65 <11 <11 56 58
PROAIR HFA 64 52 27 57 40
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 <11 <11 57 56
PRAZOSIN HCL 64 <11 <11 57 315
CEFUROXIME 61 56* 48 60 156
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 <11 <11 60 33
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 59 <11 <11 R 62 136
CLONAZEPAM 56 <11 <11 B 63 39
MIRTAZAPINE 53 <11 <11 64 32
CALCITONIN-SALMON 52 47* 13 65 253
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 <11 <11 66 68
QUINAPRIL HCL 51 <11 <11 66 63
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 June 14, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.