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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,260Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 161

$962K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 161

976 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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 Ohio
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 976 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 976 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,412 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$85 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $160 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Ohio
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 1,767 1,224 10 1 3
PREDNISONE 1,428 1,262 2 2
METHOTREXATE 1,015 784 3 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 903 425 S3 4 4
CELEBREX 470 324 5 12
TRAMADOL HCL 448 249 6 5
MELOXICAM 372 253 7 7
GABAPENTIN 274 110 8 6
COLCRYS 255 192 9 20
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 217 79 R 10 18
OMEPRAZOLE 181 130 11 15
LYRICA 178 50 12 17
ALLOPURINOL 172 161 13 10
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 167 79 14 23
FOLIC ACID 159 135 15 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 148 143 16 8
VITAMIN D2 145 122 17 28
SULFASALAZINE 130 83 18 33
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 120 72 19 21
CYMBALTA 119 76 20 16
TIZANIDINE HCL 119 25 20 19
PILOCARPINE HCL 108 67 22 42
LEFLUNOMIDE 108 90 22 9
TRAZODONE HCL 104 66 24 36
NAPROXEN 95 30 25 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 92 59 26 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 45 27 26
NABUMETONE 78 36 28 25
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 64 S2 29 22
ETODOLAC 61 27 30 24
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 25 R 31 40
IBUPROFEN 54 15 32 47
AZATHIOPRINE 52 33 33 29
EVISTA 52 52 33 112
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 21 33 68
NEXIUM 51 0 36 56
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 27, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.