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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,798Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 96

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 96

888 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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 Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 888 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 888 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,766 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$95 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $132 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 Virginia
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,487 540 S3 1 4
TRAMADOL HCL 612 267 2 5
METHOTREXATE 511 386 3 1
TIZANIDINE HCL 495 108 4 16
GABAPENTIN 442 151 5 6
PREDNISONE 403 297 6 2
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 380 145 R 7 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 343 157 8 18
CYMBALTA 245 94 9 14
TRAZODONE HCL 205 91 10 28
LYRICA 167 27 11 26
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 167 14 S2 11 34
OXYCODONE HCL 160 0 S2 13 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 155 91 14 20
LISINOPRIL 143 93 15 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 99 16 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132 105 17 42
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 11 S2 18 21
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 124 82 18 3
FUROSEMIDE 119 93 20 32
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 118 87 21 29
SERTRALINE HCL 114 68 22 41
ENDOCET 112 0 S2 23 79
FENTANYL 110 22 S2 24 44
SIMVASTATIN 106 71 25 19
PROMETHAZINE HCL 101 16 R 26 83
OMEPRAZOLE 98 40 27 12
CELEBREX 96 54 28 15
METHADONE HCL 95 13 S2 29 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 92 62 30 85
ATENOLOL 91 65 31 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 65 31 43
METFORMIN HCL 82 49 33 35
ALLOPURINOL 78 52 34 8
NEXIUM 77 40 35 53
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 77 50 35 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 43 37 40
LIDODERM 69 48 38 57
NAPROXEN 68 24 39 65
LEFLUNOMIDE 68 51 39 13
LANTUS 67 59 41 103
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 65 45 42 45
VOLTAREN 65 46 42 61
HUMIRA 65 40 42 22
NABUMETONE 64 45 45 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 25 46 108
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 45 47 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 35 R 48 37
CHLORTHALIDONE 56 30 49 112
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 28 50 51
SYNTHROID 54 45 51 117
KLOR-CON M20 52 45 52 120
MELOXICAM 52 21 52 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 40 52 60
RANITIDINE HCL 51 14 55 54
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 Feb. 11, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.