ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

10,215Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 58

$1.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 58

814 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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 Louisiana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 814 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 6,458 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$123 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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 Louisiana
PREDNISONE 1,566 1,125 10 1 1
METHOTREXATE 1,088 844 2 3
TRAMADOL HCL 864 585 3 5
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 627 413 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 564 282 S3 5 2
GABAPENTIN 359 205 6 6
MELOXICAM 356 262 7 7
ENBREL 264 166 8 16
CELEBREX 218 110 9 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 214 122 10 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 191 118 11 12
ALLOPURINOL 168 143 12 9
LYRICA 162 60 13 14
TIZANIDINE HCL 160 81 14 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 149 114 R 15 19
HUMIRA 146 49 16 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 118 69 R 17 15
CYMBALTA 111 48 18 10
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 107 32 19 49
METHOCARBAMOL 101 24 R 20 32
ETODOLAC 97 38 21 47
OMEPRAZOLE 97 68 21 17
SULFASALAZINE 96 60 23 43
CARISOPRODOL 91 16 R 24 21
PENTAZOCINE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 30 R 10 25 94
NEXIUM 80 26 26 26
LEFLUNOMIDE 76 52 27 11
VOLTAREN 73 55 28 35
NABUMETONE 72 58 29 24
TRAZODONE HCL 71 20 30 33
AZATHIOPRINE 67 41 31 31
NAPROXEN 66 23 32 25
FOLIC ACID 64 60 33 29
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 58 30 34 28
ACTONEL 55 36 35 42
ULORIC 55 28 35 45
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 22 S3 37 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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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 Sept. 9, 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.