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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,585Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 416

$3.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 416

1,013 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 1,013 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,881 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

63% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$303 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $166 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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 California
CELEBREX 1,652 1,534 10 1 11
LIDODERM 757 709 2 19
METHOTREXATE 633 550 3 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 448 404 4 3
LYRICA 375 337 5 20
ATELVIA 338 305 6 68
ACTONEL 314 279 7 40
MELOXICAM 311 256 8 9
PREDNISONE 301 259 9 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 291 211 S3 10 4
CIMZIA 290 283 10 11 96
HUMIRA 288 233 12 15
ENBREL 231 190 13 8
NEXIUM 215 192 14 31
VOLTAREN 209 167 15 22
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 202 179 S3 16 45
FORTEO 171 171 17 42
DEXILANT 168 130 18 73
ULORIC 164 137 19 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 156 136 20 5
TRAMADOL HCL 152 133 21 7
EVISTA 142 116 22 55
CREON 139 107 23 66
OMEPRAZOLE 138 106 24 10
CYMBALTA 135 112 25 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 130 73 26 21
SIMVASTATIN 126 108 27 14
COLCRYS 119 101 28 30
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 118 101 29 71
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 111 108 30 16
GABAPENTIN 111 80 30 6
EVOXAC 97 94 10 32 215
DIOVAN HCT 93 72 33 47
SULFASALAZINE 85 85 34 23
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 84 63 35 94
METHOCARBAMOL 82 67 R 36 109
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 61 37 95
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 65 65 38 80
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 39 65
OXYCODONE HCL 57 19 S2 40 88
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 53 41 85
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 46 42 108
LOVAZA 51 51 43 72
CARISOPRODOL 51 20 R 43 38
IBUPROFEN 50 27 45 24
FLECTOR 50 50 45 82
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 23 45 104
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 23, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.