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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,869Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 241

$1.95M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 241

1,030 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 Average for
this specialty
in Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 1,030 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 1,030 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 7,392 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$140 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $175 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Texas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,039 913 S3 1 3
TRAMADOL HCL 1,545 833 10 2 5
METHOTREXATE 1,125 815 3 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 932 510 4 4
PREDNISONE 633 397 5 1
CYMBALTA 604 310 6 11
LYRICA 505 128 7 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 464 341 8 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 445 195 R 9 15
GABAPENTIN 374 164 10 6
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 311 211 11 22
ENBREL 293 189 12 10
SULFASALAZINE 285 203 13 20
TIZANIDINE HCL 274 80 14 24
MELOXICAM 263 182 15 7
ATELVIA 263 154 15 25
CARISOPRODOL 247 67 R 17 30
CELEBREX 230 154 18 13
ULORIC 211 149 19 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 207 84 20 18
LEFLUNOMIDE 203 122 21 8
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 192 62 R 22 39
ACTONEL 181 137 23 42
HUMIRA 180 85 24 14
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 128 32 S2 25 92
ALLOPURINOL 119 89 26 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96 40 27 107
SAVELLA 96 30 27 58
COLCRYS 91 74 29 33
AZATHIOPRINE 87 54 30 26
METHOCARBAMOL 86 22 R 31 57
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 29 S2 32 98
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 77 41 33 77
FENTANYL 66 34 S2 34 40
ENDOCET 53 24 S2 35 172
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 Aug. 21, 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.