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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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10,633Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$373K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 126 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

549 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

8% 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

29% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 22%.

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Opioids

7% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$35 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$400K

2014

$389K

2015

$373K

2016

Number of Claims

9,989

2014

10,324

2015

10,633

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 617

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

612

prescriptions.

98

patients, 18% of all patients

1 1
SIMVASTATIN 565

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

560

prescriptions.

103

patients, 19% of all patients

2 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 562

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

557

prescriptions.

84

patients, 15% of all patients

3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 482

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

482

prescriptions.

72

patients, 13% of all patients

4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 331

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

326

prescriptions.

63

patients, 11% of all patients

5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 310

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

48

patients, 9% of all patients

6 3
PAROXETINE HCL 248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

7 53
LISINOPRIL 245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

8 2
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

9 23
METFORMIN HCL 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

10 11
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

11 64
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

12 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

13 8
ALLOPURINOL 174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

14 27
PREDNISONE 170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

111

patients, 20% of all patients

15 33
GLIPIZIDE 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

16 42
FUROSEMIDE 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

17 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

18 18
CLOPIDOGREL 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

19 29
RANITIDINE HCL 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

20 28
VERAPAMIL ER 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

21 100
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

21 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

23 10
TRAZODONE HCL 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

24 14
BUPROPION HCL SR 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

25 123
SERTRALINE HCL 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

26 15
GABAPENTIN 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

27 17
AZITHROMYCIN 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

75

patients, 14% of all patients

A 28 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

29 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

30 21
ALPRAZOLAM 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

31 20
TERAZOSIN HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

32 129
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

33 44
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

34 55
METFORMIN HCL ER 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

35 41
TRAMADOL HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 36 32
SYNTHROID 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 37 58
ATENOLOL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

38 12
FLUOXETINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

38 48
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 40 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

41 22
CRESTOR 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

42 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

43 19
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 43 112
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 45 80
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 45 34
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 47 192
DULOXETINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

48 47
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

48 169
MELOXICAM 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 50 39
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 51 38
BUSPIRONE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

51 134
KLOR-CON M20 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 51 97
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 24, 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.