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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,728Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 172

$555K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 172

415 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 415 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 415 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,432 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $140 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Illinois
PREDNISONE 508 421 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 455 188 S3 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 180 112 3 13
FUROSEMIDE 167 140 4 28
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 156 117 5 20
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 149 96 6 3
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 140 105 7 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 134 53 8 21
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 133 90 S3 9 35
AZITHROMYCIN 113 74 10 54
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 97 11 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 78 12 69
CELEBREX 92 72 13 16
ATELVIA 92 83 13 47
MELOXICAM 89 74 15 7
GABAPENTIN 87 51 16 6
METHOCARBAMOL 87 41 R 16 75
METFORMIN HCL 86 61 18 38
SYNTHROID 83 73 19 72
LYRICA 77 29 20 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 56 21 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 71 22 68
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 71 45 22 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 71 68 22 26
SIMVASTATIN 70 57 25 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 70 69 25 37
SERTRALINE HCL 70 51 25 52
DIOVAN 67 60 28 86
LISINOPRIL 59 50 29 31
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 30 S2 30 46
METHOTREXATE 58 37 30 2
TRAZODONE HCL 55 36 32 24
NEXIUM 55 38 32 55
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 54 52 34 126
RISPERIDONE 50 43 35 97
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 May 1, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.