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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,145Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 176

$766K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 176

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 Illinois
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $171 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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 Illinois
PREDNISONE 562 474 132 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 524 200 84 S3 2 4
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 216 153 49 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 173 132 32 4 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 163 88 30 5 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 160 145 48 6 38
FUROSEMIDE 157 121 28 7 29
MELOXICAM 149 124 52 8 7
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 143 113 95 9 17
OMEPRAZOLE 139 100 33 10 16
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 136 88 20 S3 11 39
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 121 64 36 12 21
AZITHROMYCIN 116 84 77 13 84
CELEBREX 113 88 33 14 15
GABAPENTIN 102 72 23 15 6
ALPRAZOLAM 100 71 20 B 16 33
ATELVIA 99 85 22 17 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 95 90* 19 18 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 82 20 19 58
METHOCARBAMOL 90 55 38 R 20 72
METFORMIN HCL 89 66 24 21 41
SIMVASTATIN 89 84* 17 21 35
TRAZODONE HCL 87 51 20 23 24
LISINOPRIL 82 68 14 24 37
TRAMADOL HCL 82 66 22 24 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 16 26 64
WARFARIN SODIUM 77 77 21 27 59
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 76 71* 16 28 110
SERTRALINE HCL 74 44 15 29 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 67* 19 30 52
DEXILANT 72 50 17 30 112
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 72 15 30 43
CYMBALTA 70 <11 <11 33 14
SYNTHROID 69 64* 15 34 90
DIAZEPAM 68 28 16 B 35 77
CLONAZEPAM 67 <11 <11 B 36 31
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 33 22 R 37 13
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 <11 <11 S2 37 45
NEXIUM 60 48 15 39 83
CLOPIDOGREL 58 <11 <11 40 44
DIOVAN 57 52* 14 41 86
SULFASALAZINE DR 57 <11 <11 41 42
ATENOLOL 56 <11 <11 43 66
COLCRYS 53 <11 <11 44 22
OPANA ER 51 <11 <11 S2 45 101
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 May 1, 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.