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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,527Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 53

$2.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 53

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

44% 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 Kentucky
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 322 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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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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

21% of this provider’s 496 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 17%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$452 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $296 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$175K

2012

$1.23M

2013

$1.83M

2014

$2.5M

2015

Number of Claims

871

2012

4,344

2013

5,530

2014

5,527

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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O

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
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

909

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

630

prescriptions.

190

patients, 38% of all patients

1 2
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

849

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

560

prescriptions.

143

patients, 29% 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

624

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

123

patients, 25% of all patients

3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

391

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

O 4 5
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

335

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

5 11
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

321

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

6 8
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

197

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

O 7 7
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

160

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

8 6
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

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

9 17
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

Prevents your body from rejecting a kidney transplant. Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

10 31
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

75

patients, 15% of all patients

11 24
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

12 12
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

91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

13 10
HUMIRA 88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 14 29
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

R 15 21
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

16 4
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

17 16
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

18 13
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

19 27
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 Feb. 6, 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.
  • 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.