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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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9,779Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 437

$3.77M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 437

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

50% 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 775 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

3% of this provider’s 945 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

3% of this provider’s 775 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

21% of this provider’s 945 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$386 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $344 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

$2.21M

2012

$3.12M

2013

$3.54M

2014

$3.77M

2015

Number of Claims

10,478

2012

11,486

2013

11,059

2014

9,779

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

1,104

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

923

prescriptions.

183

patients, 19% of all patients

1 1
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

1,010

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

833

prescriptions.

219

patients, 23% of all patients

2 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

712

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

593

prescriptions.

139

patients, 15% of all patients

3 3
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

707

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

556

prescriptions.

168

patients, 18% of all patients

4 5
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

537

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

100

patients, 11% of all patients

5 12
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

481

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

384

prescriptions.

120

patients, 13% of all patients

O 6 6
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

437

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

114

patients, 12% of all patients

7 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

271

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

79

patients, 8% of all patients

O 8 4
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

259

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

66

patients, 7% of all patients

9 7
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

88

patients, 9% of all patients

10 14
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

11 28
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

12 17
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

151

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

R 13 33
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

14 20
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

15 11
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

16 15
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

17 29
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

18 8
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

19 26
PROLIA 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

60

patients, 6% of all patients

20 42
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

21 13
ACTEMRA 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

10 22 98
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 23 10
CEVIMELINE HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

24 138
REMICADE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

25 95
PILOCARPINE HCL

Pilocarpine is used to trea... +

Pilocarpine is used to treat dry mouth caused by radiotherapy in people with head and neck cancer and to treat dry mouth in people with Sjogren's syndrome (a condition that affects the immune system and causes dryness of certain parts of the body such as the eyes and mouth). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

26 83
SAVELLA 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

26 111
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

28 22
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

29 35
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

30 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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 31 61
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 32 40
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

33 27
SIMPONI 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 34 120
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

34 73
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. 31, 2016.
  • 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.