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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,416Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 416

$1.86M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 416

320 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,221 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$221 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $166 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 California
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 423 208 S3 1 4
METHOTREXATE 365 228 2 2
PREDNISONE 359 259 3 1
ENBREL 314 214 4 8
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 261 110 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 249 137 6 10
CELEBREX 239 145 7 11
HUMIRA 166 101 8 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 165 136 9 16
TRAMADOL HCL 153 95 10 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 141 87 11 5
SIMVASTATIN 127 67 12 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 72 13 21
GABAPENTIN 117 57 14 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 96 15 36
TRAZODONE HCL 110 65 16 69
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 110 75 16 18
DIOVAN 100 93 18 41
BENAZEPRIL HCL 99 50 19 61
SYNTHROID 99 75 19 79
LIDODERM 91 50 21 19
FUROSEMIDE 82 60 22 35
ATENOLOL 82 45 22 27
NAPROXEN 80 34 24 34
AZATHIOPRINE 78 41 25 39
VOLTAREN 73 50 26 22
IBUPROFEN 69 42 27 24
LYRICA 67 30 28 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 54 29 52
ACTONEL 66 61 29 40
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 60 30 S2 31 76
METHADONE HCL 58 0 S2 32 149
CYMBALTA 57 29 33 17
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 30 34 130
ALLOPURINOL 56 26 34 13
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 45 R 36 43
FLECTOR 54 38 37 82
ACIPHEX 54 31 37 153
METFORMIN HCL 52 24 39 28
BACLOFEN 50 29 40 49
AZITHROMYCIN 50 37 40 60
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 Nov. 25, 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.