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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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14,908Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$614K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

503 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

17% 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

46% of this provider’s 503 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

20% of this provider’s 503 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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

$695K

2014

$652K

2015

$614K

2016

Number of Claims

15,560

2014

15,198

2015

14,908

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 635

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

566

prescriptions.

112

patients, 22% of all patients

1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 633

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

613

prescriptions.

103

patients, 20% of all patients

2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 603

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

590

prescriptions.

84

patients, 17% of all patients

3 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 570

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

535

prescriptions.

93

patients, 18% of all patients

4 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 493

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

475

prescriptions.

85

patients, 17% of all patients

5 9
SIMVASTATIN 477

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

458

prescriptions.

76

patients, 15% of all patients

6 6
SERTRALINE HCL 438

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

381

prescriptions.

69

patients, 14% of all patients

7 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 423

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

161

patients, 32% of all patients

8 22
LISINOPRIL 418

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

64

patients, 13% of all patients

9 2
FUROSEMIDE 334

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

62

patients, 12% of all patients

10 7
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

11 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

228

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

12 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 257

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

13 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

14 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

15 25
ALPRAZOLAM 225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

16 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 225

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

16 8
ATENOLOL 222

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

18 12
GABAPENTIN 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

19 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

20 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

21 10
CEFUROXIME 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

116

patients, 23% of all patients

A 22 179
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

22 45
METFORMIN HCL 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

24 11
CLOPIDOGREL 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

25 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

26 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

27 13
PREDNISONE 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

85

patients, 17% of all patients

27 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

O 29 24
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

30 38
TRAZODONE HCL 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

31 14
SYNTHROID 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

32 58
TEMAZEPAM 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

33 119
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

33 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

35 44
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

36 90
TRAMADOL HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

O 37 32
MELOXICAM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

37 39
DULOXETINE HCL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

39 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

40 36
DIAZEPAM 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

41 76
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

41 136
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

43 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

44 43
ALLOPURINOL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

45 27
CLARITHROMYCIN 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

63

patients, 13% of all patients

A 46 241
TIZANIDINE HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

47 137
LORAZEPAM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

48 26
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 O 49 72
CLONAZEPAM 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

50 35
VALSARTAN 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

50 65
LOVASTATIN 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

52 40
PAROXETINE HCL 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 53
FLUOXETINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

54 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 55 49
CARVEDILOL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 56 57
FINASTERIDE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 57 62
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 58 117
DONEPEZIL HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 58 30
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 60 68
OXYCODONE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 O 61 51
IBUPROFEN 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

61 52
MYRBETRIQ 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 61 353
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 May 21, 2008.
  • 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.