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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,302Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 227 providers in this state and specialty

$760K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 99 out of 227 providers in this state and specialty

501 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% 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 Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 435 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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Opioids

28% of this provider’s 501 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

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

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$177 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $337 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$777K

2014

$795K

2015

$760K

2016

Number of Claims

4,437

2014

4,138

2015

4,302

2016

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.

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 591

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

573

prescriptions.

105

patients, 21% of all patients

1 2
PREDNISONE 403

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

99

patients, 20% of all patients

2 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 388

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

388

prescriptions.

80

patients, 16% of all patients

3 8
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 316

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

70

patients, 14% of all patients

4 3
TRAMADOL HCL 207

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

59

patients, 12% of all patients

O 5 5
GABAPENTIN 201

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

6 4
ALLOPURINOL 178

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

7 10
OMEPRAZOLE 146

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

8 17
CELECOXIB 121

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

9 12
MELOXICAM 95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

10 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

O 11 7
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

O 12 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 O 13 14
LEFLUNOMIDE 74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

14 11
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 15 43
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

16 59
SULFASALAZINE DR 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

17 25
ENBREL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 18 13
DULOXETINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

18 9
ULORIC 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 20 28
LYRICA 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 20 16
OXYCODONE HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 O 22 18
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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. 29, 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.