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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,568Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 29

$785K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 29

483 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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 Mississippi
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 3,365 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$120 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 Mississippi
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 844 408 S3 1 3
PREDNISONE 654 382 2 1
GABAPENTIN 532 236 3 6
METHOTREXATE 514 320 4 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 403 185 5 4
TRAMADOL HCL 296 189 6 5
TIZANIDINE HCL 225 70 7 17
CYMBALTA 215 103 8 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 204 91 9 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 175 125 10 8
LYRICA 167 100 11 16
LEFLUNOMIDE 154 92 12 12
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 130 90 R 13 26
MELOXICAM 127 79 14 7
ENBREL 112 56 15 13
ALLOPURINOL 103 68 16 9
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 92 49 17 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 85 47 R 18 18
CELEBREX 83 48 19 11
ACTONEL 79 63 20 72
HUMIRA 67 25 21 15
OMEPRAZOLE 60 0 22 10
NEXIUM 58 26 23 38
PRISTIQ ER 56 26 24 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 19 25 62
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 March 26, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.