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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,863Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 92 providers in this state and specialty

$1.52M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 92 providers in this state and specialty

674 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68% Patients 65 Years and Older

47% 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 Missouri
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 457 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 674 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

46% of this provider’s 674 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$140 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $292 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$1.24M

2014

$1.41M

2015

$1.52M

2016

Number of Claims

10,557

2014

10,610

2015

10,863

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 991

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

522

prescriptions.

170

patients, 25% of all patients

O 1 5
PREDNISONE 897

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

660

prescriptions.

210

patients, 31% of all patients

2 2
METHOTREXATE 804

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

616

prescriptions.

124

patients, 18% of all patients

3 1
GABAPENTIN 795

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

448

prescriptions.

146

patients, 22% of all patients

4 7
TRAMADOL HCL 484

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

86

patients, 13% of all patients

O 5 4
DULOXETINE HCL 432

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

72

patients, 11% of all patients

6 9
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 320

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

7 3
TIZANIDINE HCL 315

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

8 24
LYRICA 293

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

9 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 274

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

O 10 17
LEFLUNOMIDE 241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

11 6
MELOXICAM 233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

12 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 187

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

13 15
OMEPRAZOLE 168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

14 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

15 14
OXYCODONE HCL 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

O 16 28
CARISOPRODOL 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

17 67
ALPRAZOLAM 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

18 20
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

19 30
CELECOXIB 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

20 22
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

21 33
BACLOFEN 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

22 54
ALLOPURINOL 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

23 10
ENBREL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

24 16
FENTANYL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

O 25 40
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

O 26 38
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

O 27 110
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

28 86
ROPINIROLE HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

28 47
SAVELLA 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

30 77
NAPROXEN 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 31 39
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

32 12
LISINOPRIL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 33 19
RANITIDINE HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 34 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 34 23
IBUPROFEN 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

36 65
TRAZODONE HCL 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

37 31
SULFASALAZINE 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

38 27
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

38 114
VOLTAREN 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

40 60
CLONAZEPAM 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 41 48
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 July 5, 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.
  • 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.