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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,618Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 166

$1.68M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 166

444 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

26% 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 Ohio
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 385 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

4% of this provider’s 444 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 385 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

27% of this provider’s 444 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$364 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $320 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$887K

2012

$1.24M

2013

$1.6M

2014

$1.68M

2015

Number of Claims

4,971

2012

5,380

2013

4,987

2014

4,618

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

615

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

563

prescriptions.

132

patients, 30% of all patients

1 1
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

447

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

341

prescriptions.

92

patients, 21% 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

357

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

103

patients, 23% of all patients

3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

234

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

52

patients, 12% of all patients

O 4 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

192

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

5 9
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

140

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

O 6 14
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

138

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

7 12
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

117

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

8 11
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

9 19
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

49

patients, 11% of all patients

10 33
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

11 8
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

12 7
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

13 5
ETODOLAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

14 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

R 15 54
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

O 16 4
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

16 28
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

18 13
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 O 19 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

20 70
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

20 21
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 Oct. 15, 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.