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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,183Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 82

$1.75M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 82

717 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

17% of this provider’s 717 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 717 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 5,996 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$115 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $108 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 1,100 428 S3 1 4
METHOTREXATE 973 564 2 1
PREDNISONE 696 333 3 2
MELOXICAM 589 277 4 8
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 445 177 5 3
GABAPENTIN 386 150 6 7
CYMBALTA 357 111 7 17
TRAMADOL HCL 347 177 8 5
CELEBREX 333 138 9 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 314 59 10 19
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 312 97 R 11 14
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 295 25 S2 12 35
OXYCODONE HCL 285 13 S2 13 54
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 238 39 S2 14 38
SIMVASTATIN 214 116 15 13
OMEPRAZOLE 213 76 16 9
HUMIRA 182 57 17 22
NEXIUM 177 81 18 43
LYRICA 175 39 19 21
FUROSEMIDE 165 71 20 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 155 115 21 41
ALLOPURINOL 153 110 22 12
TOPIRAMATE 140 34 23 102
LISINOPRIL 134 52 24 16
CARISOPRODOL 133 25 R 25 25
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 131 66 26 57
LEFLUNOMIDE 120 41 27 6
NABUMETONE 119 43 28 36
AZATHIOPRINE 118 28 29 23
FENTANYL 118 11 S2 29 44
TRAZODONE HCL 113 47 31 28
OXYCONTIN 103 12 S2 32 55
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 103 29 32 71
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 100 53 34 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 97 31 35 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 97 15 35 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 73 35 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 21 R 38 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 87 24 39 56
NAPROXEN 86 37 40 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 35 S2 41 31
METFORMIN HCL 83 53 42 34
ESTRADIOL 81 54 R 43 123
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 78 34 44 27
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 74 35 45 47
ENBREL 73 25 46 18
TIZANIDINE HCL 72 0 47 45
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 22 47 131
BUPROPION HCL SR 71 17 49 133
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 71 26 49 88
AZITHROMYCIN 70 27 51 46
KLOR-CON M20 66 40 52 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 44 53 29
CRESTOR 61 0 54 59
SULFASALAZINE 59 34 55 42
LUNESTA 58 20 56 143
IBUPROFEN 57 15 57 67
CEPHALEXIN 55 23 58 117
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 32 58 78
PROAIR HFA 54 26 60 99
ETODOLAC 54 29 60 74
KLOR-CON 10 54 14 60 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 37 63 40
SYNTHROID 51 41 64 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 51 27 64 39
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 51 12 S2 64 119
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 Dec. 17, 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.