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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,429Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 23

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 23

367 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in New Mexico
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 367 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs*

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$241 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $186 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New Mexico
PREDNISONE 416 297 112 1 2
METHOTREXATE 336 229 64 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 327 159 69 S3 3 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 165 69 37 4 17
GABAPENTIN 160 91 33 5 5
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 140 108 29 6 3
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 136 77 25 S2 7 20
ENBREL 118 74 16 8 8
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 15 15 S2 9 18
HUMIRA 104 72 21 10 13
TRAMADOL HCL 93 60 30 11 7
MELOXICAM 91 57 24 12 11
CARISOPRODOL 76 <11 14 R 13 37
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 73 34 16 14 29
OMEPRAZOLE 66 28 17 15 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 64 46 16 16 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 29 13 17 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 47 16 R 18 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 59 37 11 18 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 25 19 R 20 26
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 57 46 25 21 16
LYRICA 52 <11 <11 22 38
OXYCODONE HCL 52 30 15 S2 22 9
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Sept. 11, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.