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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,061Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 78

$664K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 78

578 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 Georgia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 578 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,623 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $146 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 Georgia
PREDNISONE 1,095 856 1 1
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 915 566 2 3
METHOTREXATE 715 518 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 433 251 S3 4 4
GABAPENTIN 385 195 5 6
LEFLUNOMIDE 369 245 6 8
TRAMADOL HCL 244 189 7 5
MELOXICAM 181 112 8 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 169 108 9 10
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 165 83 10 23
NABUMETONE 164 105 11 26
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 152 147 12 27
CELEBREX 146 118 13 14
ALLOPURINOL 123 98 14 9
LYRICA 122 71 15 15
TIZANIDINE HCL 109 65 16 18
FOLIC ACID 108 92 17 19
ENBREL 100 41 18 13
CYMBALTA 98 53 19 12
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 94 30 R 20 11
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 91 53 S3 21 60
ETODOLAC 84 29 22 28
OMEPRAZOLE 75 53 23 17
NEXIUM 67 35 24 35
COLCRYS 56 55 25 21
CALCITONIN-SALMON 56 44 25 126
HUMIRA 53 23 27 16
AZATHIOPRINE 52 31 28 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 35 29 20
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 Aug. 20, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.