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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,328Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 437

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 107 out of 437

618 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

17% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 508 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

2% of this provider’s 618 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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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

13% of this provider’s 618 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$254 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $344 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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

$498K

2012

$726K

2013

$1.03M

2014

$1.1M

2015

Number of Claims

2,409

2012

3,032

2013

3,741

2014

4,328

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
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

811

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

686

prescriptions.

202

patients, 33% of all patients

1 3
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

651

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

547

prescriptions.

178

patients, 29% of all patients

2 1
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

458

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

394

prescriptions.

158

patients, 26% of all patients

3 2
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

308

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

91

patients, 15% of all patients

4 8
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

177

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

5 10
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

153

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

6 92
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

7 17
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

134

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

O 8 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

131

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

O 9 4
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

127

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

10 12
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

11 9
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

12 13
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

13 23
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL

Used with other medications... +

Used with other medications to help prevent transplant organ rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system of the person receiving the organ) in people who have received organ transplants. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

14 61
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

14 27
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

16 57
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. 3, 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.