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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,003Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 308

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 308

730 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

30% 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

20% of this provider’s 730 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 644 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

20% of this provider’s 730 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 15%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$125 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $370 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

$734K

2012

$1.02M

2013

$1.37M

2014

$1.25M

2015

Number of Claims

8,723

2012

10,267

2013

12,359

2014

10,003

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
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

407

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

363

prescriptions.

128

patients, 18% of all patients

1 1
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

358

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

90

patients, 12% of all patients

2 15
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

330

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

92

patients, 13% of all patients

3 2
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

296

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

79

patients, 11% of all patients

4 14
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

5 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

6 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

7 59
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

8 18
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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

9 13
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

176

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

10 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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

11 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

12 126
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

13 72
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

78

patients, 11% of all patients

O 14 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

15 33
PIROXICAM 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

16 131
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

17 4
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

18 31
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

19 9
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

20 51
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

O 21 8
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

22 90
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

23 39
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

24 12
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

25 118
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

26 26
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, gout, or sore tendons. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

27 65
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

28 5
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

29 10
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

30 17
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 110
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan 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

84

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

32 36
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

59

patients, 8% of all patients

33 16
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

34 74
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

34 46
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

36 61
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

37 41
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

A 38 87
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

39 45
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

39 122
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 41 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

42 81
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

43 23
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID

Used to treat high blood pr... +

Used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention; excess fluid held in body tissues) in patients who have lower amounts of potassium in their bodies or for whom low potassium levels in the body could be dangerous. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

43 86
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

45 85
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

46 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

R 46 29
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

46 60
CARTIA XT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

46 185
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

50 58
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

51 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

51 102
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

51 114
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 5, 2009.
  • 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.