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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,624Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 302

$1.62M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 302

604 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 avg 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in New York
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 604 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 604 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $215 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New York
SIMVASTATIN 1,110 955 182 1 11
GABAPENTIN 684 593 165 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 617 531 131 3 10
LOVAZA 584 507 115 4 68
LACTULOSE 564 479 161 5 68
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 531 461 77 6 16
CARVEDILOL 511 457 82 7 62
NEXIUM 490 455 87 8 38
SERTRALINE HCL 446 405 90 9 74
PREDNISONE 437 340 112 10 1
METFORMIN HCL 410 365 86 11 29
URSODIOL 395 342 102 10 12 92
CRESTOR 391 362 69 13 36
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 368 311 78 14 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 367 337 58 15 12
LISINOPRIL 343 317 65 16 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 326 326 56 17 63
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 318 243 69 18 3
JANUVIA 299 280 48 19 52
CLOPIDOGREL 296 285 49 20 42
FUROSEMIDE 287 287 46 21 27
NAMENDA 286 286 50 22 67
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 277 263 62 23 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 272 235 41 24 32
SULFASALAZINE DR 264 218 66 10 25 59
ATENOLOL 231 208 40 26 37
DIOVAN 230 209 34 27 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 229 224* 41 28 90
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 226 187 37 29 39
MELOXICAM 218 170 51 30 5
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 210 170 74 31 112
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 208 208 35 32 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 206 192 43 33 21
METHOTREXATE 201 168 48 34 2
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 199 156 34 35 125
MECLIZINE HCL 198 181 61 36 113
ADVAIR DISKUS 182 149 41 37 87
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 169* 38 38 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 173 153 39 39 13
JANUMET 169 169 30 40 140
METFORMIN HCL ER 165 135 38 41 91
VOLTAREN 146 134 56 42 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 140 135* 27 43 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 136 122 24 44 35
COLCRYS 136 131* 38 44 19
SULFAZINE EC 135 89 39 10 46 82
AMMONIUM LACTATE 128 116 52 47 93
TRAZODONE HCL 124 110 35 48 76
ALLOPURINOL 121 101 19 49 9
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 117 112* 57 50 129
RANITIDINE HCL 112 107* 22 51 49
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 108 19 52 111
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 106 94 86 53 147
TAMSULOSIN HCL 99 94* 25 54 56
MIRTAZAPINE 99 94* 18 54 80
SULFASALAZINE 98 74 25 56 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 85 21 56 106
SPIRONOLACTONE 97 78 21 58 115
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 95 90* 14 59 110
LIDODERM 95 90* 26 59 50
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 89* 32 61 44
ALPRAZOLAM 93 80 32 B 62 75
AMOXICILLIN 92 76 80 63 176
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 85* 26 R 64 68
TRAMADOL HCL 80 75* 33 65 8
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 76 71* 16 66 185
ACARBOSE 73 68* 12 67 190
PROAIR HFA 71 47 13 68 108
ENBREL 71 66* 14 68 7
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 53 53 70 130
VENTOLIN HFA 65 49 17 71 156
CELEBREX 63 58* 20 72 17
SPIRIVA 63 63 14 72 139
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 <11 <11 72 96
IBUPROFEN 63 51 27 72 64
CHOLESTYRAMINE 62 57* 15 76 198
VITAMIN D2 62 45 15 76 58
LANSOPRAZOLE 61 48 13 78 170
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 55* 28 S2 79 51
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 46 33 80 205
PAROXETINE HCL 56 51* 13 81 144
METRONIDAZOLE 55 50* 39 82 215
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 51 46* 13 83 220
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. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost 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 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • 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 Dec. 21, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.