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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,600Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 86

$969K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 86

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 596 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,186 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$113 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $140 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 Wisconsin
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 986 375 S3 1 4
PREDNISONE 751 528 2 1
METHOTREXATE 541 454 3 2
TRAMADOL HCL 384 263 4 5
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 351 232 5 3
LEFLUNOMIDE 258 187 6 8
GABAPENTIN 230 116 7 7
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 218 34 S2 8 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 211 180 9 6
CYMBALTA 192 60 10 17
FLUOXETINE HCL 189 91 11 43
TIZANIDINE HCL 187 30 12 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 173 70 R 13 25
OMEPRAZOLE 155 64 14 12
LYRICA 143 25 15 16
SAVELLA 124 16 16 40
TRAZODONE HCL 112 22 17 35
OXYCODONE HCL 110 46 S2 18 31
ENBREL 107 57 19 11
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 106 33 R 20 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 104 61 21 27
HUMIRA 92 49 22 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 90 30 23 28
METHADONE HCL 87 49 S2 24 37
ALLOPURINOL 86 52 25 9
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 79 26 26 66
MELOXICAM 79 26 26 10
OXYCONTIN 75 19 S2 28 45
SULFAZINE EC 71 37 29 70
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 66 0 30 73
FENTANYL 64 14 S2 31 29
SIMVASTATIN 60 26 32 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 27 33 47
BACLOFEN 59 0 33 44
LIDODERM 59 0 33 41
SULINDAC 57 34 36 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 56 24 37 84
BUPROPION HCL 54 13 38 86
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 53 20 39 34
COLCRYS 51 33 40 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL 51 19 40 89
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 50 39 S3 42 24
NAPROXEN 50 14 42 23
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. 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.