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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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15,041Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

$613K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 368 providers in this state and specialty

797 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Rhode Island
lower than average

Antipsychotics

2% of this provider’s 730 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

15% of this provider’s 797 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 797 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

12% 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

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

$593K

2014

$613K

2015

$613K

2016

Number of Claims

15,242

2014

16,521

2015

15,041

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
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 778

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

710

prescriptions.

153

patients, 19% of all patients

1 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 647

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

560

prescriptions.

141

patients, 18% of all patients

2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 601

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

547

prescriptions.

130

patients, 16% of all patients

3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 585

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

519

prescriptions.

114

patients, 14% of all patients

4 8
LISINOPRIL 557

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

530

prescriptions.

115

patients, 14% of all patients

5 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 516

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

475

prescriptions.

102

patients, 13% of all patients

6 16
OMEPRAZOLE 515

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

478

prescriptions.

113

patients, 14% of all patients

7 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 493

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

86

patients, 11% of all patients

8 5
ATENOLOL 487

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

448

prescriptions.

95

patients, 12% of all patients

9 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 425

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

420

prescriptions.

99

patients, 12% of all patients

10 10
FUROSEMIDE 323

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

70

patients, 9% of all patients

11 7
LORAZEPAM 299

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

12 26
METFORMIN HCL 237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

49

patients, 6% of all patients

13 11
GABAPENTIN 231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

14 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 223

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

15 37
SIMVASTATIN 215

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

16 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 214

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

17 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

18 18
ALLOPURINOL 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

19 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

20 13
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

21 172
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

22 55
METFORMIN HCL ER 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

23 41
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

O 24 24
PAROXETINE HCL 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

25 53
TRAZODONE HCL 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

25 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

27 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

28 23
MELOXICAM 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

29 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

30 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

30 36
SERTRALINE HCL 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 15
RANITIDINE HCL 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

33 28
ALPRAZOLAM 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

34 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

35 30
CRESTOR 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 63
MIRTAZAPINE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

37 31
THIORIDAZINE HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 P 38 285
DULOXETINE HCL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

39 47
CLOPIDOGREL 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

40 29
CARBAMAZEPINE 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 41 239
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

41 64
TERAZOSIN HCL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

43 129
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 44 215
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

45 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

46 44
PREDNISONE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

47 33
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 136
CLONAZEPAM 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 47 35
LANTUS 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 50 67
TRAMADOL HCL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

O 51 32
GLIPIZIDE ER 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 61
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 49
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 51 68
PROAIR HFA 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

51 54
DIGOXIN 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 56 82
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

57 38
LACTULOSE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 58 116
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

58 85
FELODIPINE ER 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

60 114
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 July 16, 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.