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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,952Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 247

$982K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 247

906 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 906 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 906 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 6,126 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$99 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $147 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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 Florida
METHOTREXATE 1,444 1,008 1 2
PREDNISONE 1,427 999 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,185 675 S3 3 4
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 703 418 4 3
TRAMADOL HCL 468 327 5 5
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 351 155 R 6 17
GABAPENTIN 342 216 7 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 245 121 8 20
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 236 124 S2 9 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 217 149 10 8
MELOXICAM 213 160 11 6
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 156 105 12 21
TIZANIDINE HCL 140 82 13 24
ENBREL 127 52 14 11
LEFLUNOMIDE 121 65 15 9
HUMIRA 120 55 16 19
NAPROXEN 108 52 17 26
ALLOPURINOL 100 69 18 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 71 S2 19 33
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 58 S2 20 31
CELEBREX 92 63 21 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 84 51 R 22 35
FUROSEMIDE 83 43 23 43
CYMBALTA 83 39 23 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 43 25 127
SULFASALAZINE 72 48 26 44
OMEPRAZOLE 71 39 27 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 38 28 58
FOLIC ACID 56 38 29 16
LYRICA 56 39 29 15
PILOCARPINE HCL 55 43 31 91
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 Jan. 2, 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.