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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,716Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 121

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 121

606 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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 Michigan
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 606 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 606 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 3,885 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$132 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $171 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 Michigan
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 937 498 S3 1 4
PREDNISONE 701 519 2 2
METHOTREXATE 390 270 3 1
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 312 187 4 3
TRAMADOL HCL 276 183 5 5
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 228 78 R 6 14
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 200 60 S2 7 35
GABAPENTIN 195 97 8 7
FENTANYL 177 106 S2 9 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 148 71 10 18
MELOXICAM 132 91 11 9
TIZANIDINE HCL 111 25 12 37
OXYCONTIN 104 28 S2 13 45
CYMBALTA 100 25 14 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 98 36 S2 15 66
METHADONE HCL 97 44 S2 16 55
TRAZODONE HCL 93 28 17 39
CELEBREX 90 58 18 17
LYRICA 86 32 19 22
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 34 S2 20 51
OMEPRAZOLE 77 38 21 8
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 76 15 S2 22 86
ENBREL 73 59 23 6
HUMIRA 72 29 24 10
OXYCODONE HCL 71 38 S2 25 41
LIDODERM 65 29 26 69
COLCRYS 62 53 27 30
LEFLUNOMIDE 61 30 28 12
NAPROXEN 59 23 29 38
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 28 29 114
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 33 R 31 40
FUROSEMIDE 53 25 32 24
SULFASALAZINE 52 20 33 25
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 20, 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.