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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,353Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 105

$1.52M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 105

711 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older

45% 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 Virginia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 538 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

9% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 538 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

37% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$123 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $288 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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

$431K

2012

$857K

2013

$1.25M

2014

$1.52M

2015

Number of Claims

5,021

2012

7,005

2013

10,671

2014

12,353

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

1,939

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

1,467

prescriptions.

323

patients, 45% 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

1,388

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,084

prescriptions.

252

patients, 35% of all patients

2 3
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

1,308

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

995

prescriptions.

288

patients, 41% of all patients

3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

990

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

619

prescriptions.

139

patients, 20% of all patients

O 4 5
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

588

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

405

prescriptions.

179

patients, 25% of all patients

5 15
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

469

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

105

patients, 15% of all patients

O 6 4
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

408

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

102

patients, 14% of all patients

7 6
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

375

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

115

patients, 16% of all patients

8 11
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

359

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

67

patients, 9% of all patients

9 12
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

O 10 10
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

257

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

11 21
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

226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

152

patients, 21% of all patients

12 27
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

13 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

59

patients, 8% of all patients

14 31
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

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

15 20
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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

R 16 16
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

17 71
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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

18 18
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

19 36
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

20 8
SAVELLA 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

21 53
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

22 57
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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

R 23 24
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

24 9
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

R 25 30
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

Treats pain and stiffness of muscle spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

R 26 82
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

27 17
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

28 68
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

29 32
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

29 49
PROLIA 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

31 96
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 32 14
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 33 55
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 O 34 40
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

35 26
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

36 54
METHOTREXATE SODIUM 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

37 112
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 O 38 13
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 Nov. 6, 2013.
  • 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.