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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,362Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 78

$3.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 78

1,360 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%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 Georgia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 1,360 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 1,360 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,475 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$145 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $146 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Georgia
METHOTREXATE 1,462 1,078 1 2
TRAMADOL HCL 1,376 938 2 5
GABAPENTIN 1,347 954 3 6
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 1,142 755 4 3
PREDNISONE 1,056 723 5 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 626 461 S3 6 4
LEFLUNOMIDE 625 515 10 7 8
CYMBALTA 556 382 8 12
MELOXICAM 531 410 9 7
LYRICA 425 199 10 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 409 341 11 10
HUMIRA 408 237 10 12 16
DIFLUNISAL 399 249 10 13 45
ALLOPURINOL 359 297 14 9
TIZANIDINE HCL 359 156 14 18
AZATHIOPRINE 338 159 10 16 31
SULINDAC 334 203 10 17 39
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 271 226 18 30
ENBREL 226 175 19 13
NABUMETONE 213 174 20 26
ULORIC 210 183 21 37
CELEBREX 201 147 22 14
SIMVASTATIN 199 189 23 41
OMEPRAZOLE 186 138 24 17
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 182 97 R 25 11
OXCARBAZEPINE 163 99 26 72
CRESTOR 163 154 26 72
TOPIRAMATE 159 92 28 36
FOLIC ACID 156 136 29 19
SAVELLA 153 80 30 65
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 124 31 77
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 99 32 27
VOLTAREN 145 94 33 29
COLCRYS 137 83 34 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 114 35 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 98 36 40
FUROSEMIDE 125 81 37 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 119 78 38 67
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 118 103 S2 39 64
TRAZODONE HCL 118 69 39 24
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 113 48 41 57
METHOCARBAMOL 111 54 R 42 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 110 110 43 72
LISINOPRIL 110 96 43 46
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 110 75 43 22
NEXIUM 101 78 46 35
SERTRALINE HCL 99 98 47 51
CIMZIA 89 68 10 48 58
DIOVAN 83 66 49 96
ATENOLOL 80 80 50 55
METFORMIN HCL 78 77 51 56
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 77 34 52 99
ZETIA 73 61 53 103
OXAPROZIN 72 34 54 105
METFORMIN HCL ER 72 72 54 105
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 56 56 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 64 56 107
LIDODERM 70 34 56 33
JANUVIA 69 69 59 109
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 58 60 42
BENICAR 68 68 60 110
FENTANYL 66 65 S2 62 47
NAPROXEN 64 46 63 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 19 R 64 85
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 64 68
KLOR-CON M20 59 25 66 83
FORTEO 59 38 66 82
ACTONEL 59 59 66 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 58 69 120
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 37 70 121
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 29 70 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 57 70 53
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 46 73 129
SYNTHROID 53 53 74 81
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 75 137
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 48 76 140
CLOTRIMAZOLE 51 27 76 140
PILOCARPINE HCL 50 36 78 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 40 78 69
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 Sept. 23, 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.