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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,856Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 31

$965K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 31

694 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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 Oklahoma
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 694 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 694 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,795 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$141 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $153 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Oklahoma
METHOTREXATE 708 514 1 1
TRAMADOL HCL 552 462 2 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 389 232 S3 3 2
PREDNISONE 348 231 4 4
CELEBREX 310 249 5 17
MELOXICAM 310 233 5 7
CYMBALTA 261 200 7 18
GABAPENTIN 256 184 8 6
ETODOLAC 235 195 9 22
OMEPRAZOLE 228 142 10 10
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 226 138 11 3
LYRICA 216 124 12 14
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 201 148 13 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 105 14 15
FLURBIPROFEN 120 44 10 15 55
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 113 79 16 29
ENBREL 112 71 17 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 72 R 17 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 97 65 19 13
HUMIRA 89 55 20 19
TIZANIDINE HCL 83 65 21 24
AZATHIOPRINE 83 70 21 26
NAPROXEN 81 67 23 30
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 79 50 24 64
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 77 36 25 51
LEFLUNOMIDE 75 65 26 8
VOLTAREN 72 49 27 41
NABUMETONE 67 66 28 39
CHLORZOXAZONE 59 33 R 29 78
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 July 12, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.