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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,573Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 416

$2.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 416

501 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 501 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,587 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$257 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $166 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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 California
METHOTREXATE 687 618 1 2
PREDNISONE 378 344 2 1
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 349 273 3 3
HUMIRA 318 237 4 15
OMEPRAZOLE 240 219 5 10
MELOXICAM 235 221 6 9
CYMBALTA 222 209 7 17
ENBREL 220 191 8 8
FORTEO 192 185 9 42
CELEBREX 176 158 10 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 172 147 11 18
IBUPROFEN 167 147 12 24
GABAPENTIN 158 143 13 6
ALLOPURINOL 150 143 14 13
LYRICA 148 136 15 20
TRAMADOL HCL 141 128 16 7
VOLTAREN 132 126 17 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 131 124 18 5
SULFASALAZINE 130 80 19 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 103 20 21
DIOVAN HCT 129 110 20 47
COLCRYS 120 117 22 30
PEN NEEDLE 118 112 23 89
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 97 S3 24 4
LEFLUNOMIDE 113 90 25 12
LIDODERM 96 96 26 19
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 86 79 27 37
NEXIUM 86 78 27 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 66 29 156
SIMVASTATIN 82 66 30 14
BACLOFEN 76 66 31 49
CRESTOR 75 70 32 58
EVISTA 73 72 33 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 51 33 53
ULORIC 72 72 35 64
ZETIA 66 63 36 103
SIMPONI 64 60 10 37 99
DIOVAN 59 59 38 41
FUROSEMIDE 57 57 39 35
PAROXETINE HCL 55 48 40 154
ACTONEL 53 53 41 40
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 April 15, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.