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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,431Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 112

$1.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 112

573 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,137 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$197 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $147 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 North Carolina
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 981 532 1 3
TRAMADOL HCL 564 265 2 5
METHOTREXATE 534 361 3 1
PREDNISONE 520 398 4 2
CYMBALTA 443 176 5 16
MELOXICAM 367 184 6 7
LYRICA 271 86 7 18
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 253 165 8 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 250 164 S3 9 4
GABAPENTIN 219 90 10 6
CELEBREX 215 117 11 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 195 58 12 17
HUMIRA 172 74 13 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 165 34 R 14 10
TIZANIDINE HCL 129 21 15 22
VOLTAREN 127 80 16 35
OMEPRAZOLE 120 49 17 13
SAVELLA 118 0 18 50
SULFASALAZINE DR 107 67 19 46
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 101 22 20 19
ALLOPURINOL 86 56 21 9
ACTONEL 82 54 22 78
ENBREL 79 18 23 11
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 77 43 24 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 28 25 29
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 68 15 26 75
OXAPROZIN 63 29 27 68
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 61 44 28 103
AZATHIOPRINE 61 0 28 28
SULFAZINE EC 57 41 30 114
ULORIC 55 40 31 27
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 53 45 32 71
NABUMETONE 53 23 32 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 31 34 64
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 May 28, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.