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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,369Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 58

$2.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 58

833 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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 Louisiana
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 833 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

40% of this provider’s 833 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 7,944 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$124 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 Louisiana
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,267 978 S3 1 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 1,574 912 10 2 4
PREDNISONE 1,200 669 3 1
TRAMADOL HCL 469 283 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 467 227 5 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 430 141 6 12
GABAPENTIN 414 189 7 6
METHOTREXATE 401 230 8 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 343 144 9 27
NEXIUM 292 151 10 26
HUMIRA 239 62 11 18
METHOCARBAMOL 239 83 R 11 32
FUROSEMIDE 207 92 13 40
FENTANYL 197 46 S2 14 44
FLUCONAZOLE 184 83 15 66
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 182 42 S2 16 30
MELOXICAM 173 82 17 7
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 172 79 18 34
TIZANIDINE HCL 170 61 19 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 52 20 37
OMEPRAZOLE 144 94 21 17
NYSTATIN 139 71 22 73
ENBREL 136 44 23 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 48 23 38
CYMBALTA 132 39 25 10
OXYCODONE HCL 119 39 S2 26 77
ARMOUR THYROID 117 66 R 27 80
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 115 34 R 28 15
LIDODERM 96 55 29 57
OXYCONTIN 94 17 S2 30 54
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91 49 R 31 19
CELEBREX 91 60 31 13
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 57 33 48
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 85 40 33 92
AZITHROMYCIN 81 27 35 95
TOPIRAMATE 78 0 36 97
LYRICA 77 14 37 14
ALLOPURINOL 77 36 37 9
ETODOLAC 75 35 39 47
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 74 26 40 99
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 36 41 69
MUPIROCIN 73 46 41 100
COLCRYS 72 34 43 20
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 72 21 43 102
DEXILANT 68 16 45 104
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 28 46 108
AZATHIOPRINE 65 39 47 31
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 65 33 47 109
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 21 R 49 77
BUSPIRONE HCL 64 15 49 63
VALACYCLOVIR 63 28 51 110
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 63 41 S3 51 64
DICYCLOMINE HCL 61 22 53 111
HYDROCORTISONE 60 14 54 113
CHLORZOXAZONE 59 17 R 55 115
ULORIC 59 43 55 45
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 59 34 55 115
PAROXETINE HCL 59 39 55 115
SIMVASTATIN 55 36 59 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 55 26 59 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 24 61 121
VOLTAREN 54 28 61 35
SULFAZINE EC 53 20 63 84
ARTHROTEC 75 52 11 64 125
SAVELLA 52 14 64 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 21 66 129
TRAZODONE HCL 51 17 66 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 36 66 69
CIMZIA 50 26 69 85
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 Nov. 5, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.