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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,582Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 56

$653K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 56

408 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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 South Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 408 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 408 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,525 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$99 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $128 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 South Carolina
METHOTREXATE 677 459 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 602 354 S3 2 3
GABAPENTIN 501 285 3 5
LEFLUNOMIDE 442 275 4 10
PREDNISONE 408 260 5 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 226 142 6 12
OXYCODONE HCL 209 102 S2 7 19
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 159 38 R 8 11
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 149 34 9 4
CYMBALTA 144 63 10 8
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 139 29 S2 11 20
TIZANIDINE HCL 136 61 12 18
TRAMADOL HCL 122 78 13 6
TRAZODONE HCL 110 46 14 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 107 59 15 45
LYRICA 101 32 16 13
MELOXICAM 99 51 17 7
FENTANYL 89 31 S2 18 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 28 R 19 40
OMEPRAZOLE 81 57 20 15
SULFASALAZINE 79 35 21 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 77 54 22 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 76 54 23 33
NEXIUM 72 41 24 36
CARISOPRODOL 70 32 R 25 24
FOLIC ACID 67 67 26 71
ENDOCET 67 17 S2 26 23
BUPROPION XL 65 11 28 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 58 46 29 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 21 30 46
ENBREL 55 37 31 25
LIDODERM 51 21 32 140
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 27 S2 33 22
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. 23, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.