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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,835Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 82

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 82

463 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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 Missouri
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 463 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 463 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,749 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $108 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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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 Missouri
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 661 316 S3 1 4
METHOTREXATE 631 421 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 411 339 3 15
LISINOPRIL 403 293 4 16
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 379 261 5 3
SIMVASTATIN 370 309 6 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 322 276 7 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 312 300 8 61
TRAMADOL HCL 277 206 9 5
PREDNISONE 270 157 10 2
OMEPRAZOLE 264 198 11 9
TORSEMIDE 263 221 12 73
MIRTAZAPINE 250 194 13 75
FUROSEMIDE 247 222 14 24
RANITIDINE HCL 233 162 15 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 232 166 16 39
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 232 77 R 16 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 229 123 S2 18 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 229 159 18 27
NAMENDA 221 215 20 67
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 220 18 S2 21 35
METFORMIN HCL 208 169 22 34
LANTUS 204 170 23 85
GABAPENTIN 184 110 24 7
FENTANYL 155 77 S2 25 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 148 138 26 79
CLOPIDOGREL 147 121 27 77
CARVEDILOL 144 106 28 98
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 142 114 29 11
ATENOLOL 130 85 30 33
TRAZODONE HCL 129 72 31 28
OXYCONTIN 124 16 S2 32 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 121 105 33 108
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 118 74 34 110
CARISOPRODOL 115 12 R 35 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 113 93 36 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 78 37 29
FAMOTIDINE 110 98 37 114
LEVETIRACETAM 108 42 39 115
CYMBALTA 107 72 40 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 98 72 41 120
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97 35 42 19
PLAVIX 95 84 43 94
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 67 44 91
SERTRALINE HCL 91 56 45 60
NEXIUM 91 60 45 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 90 73 47 26
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 86 63 48 47
AZITHROMYCIN 86 53 48 46
RISPERIDONE 85 42 50 121
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 67 51 87
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 60 52 41
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 48 53 48
NOVOLOG 75 44 54 126
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 74 44 55 127
METOLAZONE 72 59 56 131
KLOR-CON M20 71 56 57 69
CLONIDINE HCL 70 36 58 92
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 67 34 R 59 32
EXELON 66 58 60 138
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 54 60 40
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 65 0 S2 62 38
MEGESTROL ACETATE 64 59 R 63 139
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 27 63 139
MELOXICAM 63 62 65 8
PAROXETINE HCL 56 43 66 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 56 23 66 49
CELEBREX 53 30 68 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 34 68 148
CEPHALEXIN 51 31 70 117
ABILIFY 51 42 70 154
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 33 72 81
ALLOPURINOL 50 49 72 12
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 March 14, 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.