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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,870Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 62

$420K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 62

968 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
33%Patients 65 Years and Older
1% 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 Puerto Rico
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 968 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 968 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 1,709 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $105 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

6 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 Puerto Rico
FAMOTIDINE 491 174 1 43
NABUMETONE 452 123 2 6
GABAPENTIN 373 64 3 1
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 326 99 4 4
RANITIDINE HCL 280 104 5 12
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 197 80 6 10
PREDNISONE 167 50 7 2
METHOTREXATE 159 63 8 3
ALLOPURINOL 145 68 9 32
MELOXICAM 119 22 10 11
CELEBREX 111 36 11 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 108 0 S2 12 60
SULINDAC 102 51 13 14
OMEPRAZOLE 99 25 14 9
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 90 33 15 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 50 16 5
LYRICA 80 0 17 16
TRAMADOL HCL 79 22 18 7
MAXIMUM D3 77 22 19 42
ETODOLAC 74 15 20 17
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 70 14 21 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 26 22 52
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 15 23 39
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 67 0 R 24 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 16 25 48
NAPROXEN 60 13 26 31
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 57 23 27 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 0 R 28 46
HUMIRA 52 0 29 15
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 51 21 30 26
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.