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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,267Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 59

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 59

719 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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 Colorado
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 719 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 719 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,378 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$187 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $170 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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 Colorado
PREDNISONE 1,267 970 1 1
METHOTREXATE 804 571 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 559 321 S3 3 4
LEFLUNOMIDE 489 268 4 5
ENBREL 337 158 5 8
TRAMADOL HCL 306 219 6 6
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 267 131 7 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 236 189 8 7
GABAPENTIN 233 156 9 10
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 154 95 10 25
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 136 76 11 20
HUMIRA 133 52 12 12
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 35 S2 13 29
PILOCARPINE HCL 104 45 14 41
LYRICA 101 36 15 22
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 37 S2 16 16
NAPROXEN 93 70 17 30
CELEBREX 87 50 18 13
NABUMETONE 83 44 19 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 22 20 19
ALLOPURINOL 80 67 21 11
TRAZODONE HCL 70 36 22 31
IBUPROFEN 69 20 23 36
CYMBALTA 66 18 24 14
AZATHIOPRINE 61 51 25 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 31 R 26 17
MELOXICAM 58 44 27 9
SULFASALAZINE DR 57 28 28 39
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.