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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,396Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills
$967K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions
324 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older

14% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income 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

$597K

2014

$925K

2015

$967K

2016

Number of Claims

3,510

2014

3,528

2015

3,396

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.

Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 709

prescriptions, 21% of all prescriptions

614

prescriptions.

152

patients, 47% of all patients

METHOTREXATE 636

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

548

prescriptions.

114

patients, 35% of all patients

PREDNISONE 347

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

93

patients, 29% of all patients

GABAPENTIN 280

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

215

prescriptions.

48

patients, 15% of all patients

SULFASALAZINE 178

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

LEFLUNOMIDE 165

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

AZATHIOPRINE 114

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

ENBREL 97

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 88

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

DULOXETINE HCL 72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

CELECOXIB 62

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

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 Oct. 6, 2015.
  • 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.