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Prescriber Checkup

PAUL BROWN M.D.

1229 MADISON ST SUITE 1460

Seattle | Washington | 98104

(206) 587-0963

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,413Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 79

$984K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 79

237 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
33%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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

72% of this provider’s 237 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 237 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 1,661 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$153 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $169 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Washington
OXYCODONE HCL 1,013 243 S2 1 11
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 516 112 S2 2 12
METHADONE HCL 478 61 S2 3 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 393 96 S3 4 4
OXYCONTIN 361 105 S2 5 22
CARISOPRODOL 174 42 R 6 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 164 49 7 19
TIZANIDINE HCL 153 39 8 26
PREDNISONE 132 57 9 1
LYRICA 127 46 10 21
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 32 S2 11 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 101 15 R 12 24
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 100 24 13 3
CYMBALTA 92 20 14 23
FENTANYL 91 0 S2 15 27
TRAMADOL HCL 89 17 16 6
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 73 13 S2 17 50
CELEBREX 62 28 18 25
TRAZODONE HCL 59 19 19 36
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 28 19 59
GABAPENTIN 57 15 21 5
MELOXICAM 57 30 21 13
NABUMETONE 56 25 23 34
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 July 8, 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.