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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,797Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 61

$5.69M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 61

890 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60% Patients 65 Years and Older

63% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Arizona
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 531 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

4% of this provider’s 890 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 890 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 23%.

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Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$444 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $339 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.5M

2012

$2.77M

2013

$3.36M

2014

$5.69M

2015

Number of Claims

7,660

2012

11,444

2013

11,367

2014

12,797

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
METHOTREXATE

Treats several kinds of can... +

Treats several kinds of cancer, including cancer of the blood, bone, lung, breast, head, or neck. Source: National Library of Medicine

3,576

prescriptions, 28% of all prescriptions

2,259

prescriptions.

602

patients, 68% of all patients

10 1 1
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. Source: National Library of Medicine

2,350

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

1,380

prescriptions.

449

patients, 50% of all patients

10 2 3
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

940

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

549

prescriptions.

257

patients, 29% of all patients

3 2
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

Treats rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

744

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

315

prescriptions.

124

patients, 14% of all patients

10 4 7
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 727

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

408

prescriptions.

130

patients, 15% of all patients

10 5 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

530

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

436

prescriptions.

106

patients, 12% of all patients

6 9
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

Treats rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

399

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

88

patients, 10% of all patients

7 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

377

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

81

patients, 9% of all patients

8 5
HUMIRA PEN

Treats the symptoms and pre... +

Treats the symptoms and prevent the progression of active rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

10 9 15
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

65

patients, 7% of all patients

10 10
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

11 28
ORENCIA* 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

10 12 51
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

13 29
HUMIRA 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

14 43
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

15 42
METHOTREXATE SODIUM 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

16 57
PILOCARPINE HCL

Pilocarpine is used to trea... +

Pilocarpine is used to treat dry mouth caused by radiotherapy in people with head and neck cancer and to treat dry mouth in people with Sjogren's syndrome (a condition that affects the immune system and causes dryness of certain parts of the body such as the eyes and mouth). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

17 37
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

O 18 6
SIMPONI 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

10 19 76
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

20 78
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

21 53
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

22 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

O 23 4
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

24 19
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

25 17
SULFASALAZINE DR 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

25 35
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

27 14
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. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 March 28, 2017.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.