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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,109Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 209

$1.68M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 209

732 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

31% 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 575 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 732 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

2% of this provider’s 575 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

30% of this provider’s 732 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 22%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$275 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $300 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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

$1.2M

2012

$1.37M

2013

$1.45M

2014

$1.68M

2015

Number of Claims

5,200

2012

5,441

2013

5,810

2014

6,109

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

722

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

574

prescriptions.

112

patients, 15% of all patients

1 2
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

612

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

498

prescriptions.

177

patients, 24% of all patients

2 1
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

423

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

124

patients, 17% of all patients

O 3 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

345

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

77

patients, 11% of all patients

4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

275

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

69

patients, 9% of all patients

O 5 7
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

247

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

61

patients, 8% of all patients

6 8
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

223

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

7 3
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

164

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

8 6
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

163

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

9 45
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

163

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

9 13
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

156

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

11 12
ETODOLAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

154

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

52

patients, 7% of all patients

12 35
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

153

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

O 13 23
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

14 10
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

15 19
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

16 29
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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

17 9
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

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

18 18
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

19 24
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

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

20 21
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

21 16
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

22 50
OXAPROZIN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

23 89
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

24 47
FLURBIPROFEN 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

25 96
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

26 25
SULFASALAZINE DR 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

27 27
COLCRYS

Used to prevent gout attack... +

Used to prevent gout attacks (sudden, severe pain in one or more joints caused by abnormally high levels of a substance called uric acid in the blood) in adults, and to relieve the pain of gout attacks when they occur. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

27 64
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 29 14
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 R 29 20
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 July 8, 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.