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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,107Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 59

$2.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 59

1,811 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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 Arizona
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 1,811 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 1,811 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 11,891 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

$98 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $161 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 Arizona
PREDNISONE 2,248 1,613 10 1 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 1,682 1,148 10 2 3
METHOTREXATE 1,562 1,161 10 3 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,515 735 S3 4 4
TRAMADOL HCL 1,148 925 5 5
GABAPENTIN 790 322 6 6
LYRICA 649 291 10 7 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 591 312 8 8
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 527 256 R 9 16
LEFLUNOMIDE 482 322 10 9
CARISOPRODOL 452 72 R 11 11
TIZANIDINE HCL 357 128 12 39
CYMBALTA 302 180 13 18
AZATHIOPRINE 294 160 10 14 22
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 276 55 S2 15 15
MELOXICAM 272 98 16 10
FENTANYL 246 70 S2 17 29
ALLOPURINOL 243 209 18 20
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 241 152 19 38
CHLORZOXAZONE 220 64 R 10 20 51
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 219 110 S2 21 13
METHOCARBAMOL 213 144 R 22 25
COLCRYS 208 153 23 37
OXYCODONE HCL 204 84 S2 24 12
CALCITONIN-SALMON 189 130 25 47
MINOCYCLINE HCL 167 125 26 49
SAVELLA 159 64 27 44
PILOCARPINE HCL 159 105 27 33
ENBREL 157 72 29 7
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 157 50 29 55
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 152 66 31 24
CELEBREX 152 111 31 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 149 58 33 23
VOLTAREN 146 102 34 45
HUMIRA 144 85 35 17
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 140 65 S3 36 40
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 133 80 R 37 59
LIDOCAINE HCL 131 60 38 61
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 20 39 63
LIDOCAINE 127 68 39 63
ATELVIA 120 102 41 41
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 116 86 42 21
TRAZODONE HCL 116 70 42 31
ETODOLAC 116 43 42 34
VENLAFAXINE HCL 113 26 45 67
LIDODERM 111 62 46 47
SULFASALAZINE DR 106 67 47 70
NABUMETONE 105 55 48 32
SALSALATE 104 90 49 72
FORTICAL 101 86 50 73
OMEPRAZOLE 96 56 51 27
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 28 S2 51 26
BACLOFEN 96 0 51 55
SULFAZINE EC 94 73 54 75
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 0 R 55 46
DEXAMETHASONE 88 77 56 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 37 57 78
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 76 43 58 62
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 68 37 59 80
VIMOVO 64 36 60 81
METAXALONE 58 21 R 61 84
METHADONE HCL 57 21 S2 62 69
MORPHINE SULFATE 57 15 S2 62 52
FORTEO 54 37 64 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 15 65 65
OXYCONTIN 53 16 S2 65 28
FUROSEMIDE 52 23 67 71
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 June 1, 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.