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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,982Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 308

$2.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 308

800 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older

14% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

4% of this provider’s 800 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 677 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

12% of this provider’s 800 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

$218 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $370 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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

$699K

2012

$1.12M

2013

$1.86M

2014

$2.17M

2015

Number of Claims

7,575

2012

8,624

2013

9,266

2014

9,982

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

987

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

804

prescriptions.

160

patients, 20% 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

479

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

77

patients, 10% of all patients

2 1
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

387

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

348

prescriptions.

96

patients, 12% of all patients

3 18
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

382

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

75

patients, 9% of all patients

4 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

5 21
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

275

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

6 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

260

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

O 7 7
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

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

8 15
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

9 9
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

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

10 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

11 17
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

12 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

13 37
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

14 43
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

15 32
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

15 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

17 20
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

18 24
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

19 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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

20 19
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

O 21 8
SALSALATE 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

10 22 133
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

22 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

24 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

25 55
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

26 108
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

27 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

28 39
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

28 13
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

30 31
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

31 33
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 66
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

33 51
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

34 134
SULFASALAZINE DR 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

35 25
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

36 61
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 36 177
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 60
METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

39 94
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 40 58
XELJANZ 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 41 141
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

Quinapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 42 113
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

43 12
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 43 122
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 Sept. 10, 2007.
  • 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.