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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,023Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 16

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 16

697 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
22% 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 West Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 697 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,589 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$154 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $164 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 West Virginia
METHOTREXATE 1,592 1,334 10 1 1
PREDNISONE 963 837 2 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 619 471 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 580 459 S3 4 4
TRAMADOL HCL 389 346 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 339 321 6 8
ALLOPURINOL 318 291 7 14
HUMIRA 278 176 8 11
GABAPENTIN 273 220 9 6
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 260 222 10 20
LEFLUNOMIDE 239 181 11 12
CELEBREX 176 145 12 10
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 162 137 13 28
ENBREL 130 112 14 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 121 89 R 15 22
NAPROXEN 118 103 16 18
MELOXICAM 115 78 17 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 91 18 13
FOLIC ACID 100 86 19 15
AZATHIOPRINE 73 49 20 24
IBUPROFEN 62 46 21 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 35 22 25
COLCRYS 57 53 23 21
NABUMETONE 55 54 24 27
NEXIUM 52 39 25 31
LYRICA 50 32 26 16
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 Sept. 15, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.