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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,820Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 308

$2.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 308

550 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 414 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

8% of this provider’s 550 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

3% of this provider’s 414 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

14% of this provider’s 550 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 15%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$375 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $370 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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

$1.06M

2012

$1.54M

2013

$1.96M

2014

$2.18M

2015

Number of Claims

5,430

2012

6,206

2013

6,093

2014

5,820

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

764

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

609

prescriptions.

196

patients, 36% of all patients

1 2
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

732

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

602

prescriptions.

187

patients, 34% of all patients

2 1
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

678

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

505

prescriptions.

165

patients, 30% of all patients

3 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

4 59
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

178

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

153

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

O 6 7
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

7 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

8 4
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

106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

9 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

10 15
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

11 24
FOLIC ACID 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

12 57
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

13 14
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

14 18
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

15 10
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

16 48
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

17 11
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

O 18 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

19 20
HUMIRA 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 20 68
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 O 21 71
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 June 10, 2016.
  • 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.