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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,692Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 268

$5.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 268

1,224 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66% Patients 65 Years and Older

59% 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 Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 807 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

13% of this provider’s 1,224 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 807 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

67% of this provider’s 1,224 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$238 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $317 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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

$1.95M

2012

$2.55M

2013

$3.6M

2014

$5.17M

2015

Number of Claims

13,869

2012

15,091

2013

16,549

2014

21,692

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

2,698

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,233

prescriptions.

381

patients, 31% of all patients

O 1 5
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

2,299

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,335

prescriptions.

551

patients, 45% of all patients

O 10 2 4
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

1,656

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,230

prescriptions.

304

patients, 25% of all patients

3 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

1,389

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

882

prescriptions.

263

patients, 21% of all patients

4 3
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

1,352

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

761

prescriptions.

238

patients, 19% of all patients

10 5 8
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

993

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

602

prescriptions.

425

patients, 35% of all patients

6 1
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

914

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

258

patients, 21% of all patients

7 19
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

877

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

194

patients, 16% of all patients

8 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

829

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

145

patients, 12% of all patients

10 9 12
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

747

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

537

prescriptions.

160

patients, 13% of all patients

10 10 15
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

690

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

519

prescriptions.

161

patients, 13% of all patients

11 11
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

460

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

65

patients, 5% of all patients

10 12 17
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

384

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

68

patients, 6% of all patients

13 7
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

349

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

10 14 31
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

341

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

90

patients, 7% of all patients

R 15 23
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

325

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

R 16 24
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

324

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

102

patients, 8% of all patients

17 9
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

Treats short-term, medium to medium-severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

304

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

88

patients, 7% of all patients

O 18 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

293

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

60

patients, 5% of all patients

R 19 48
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

287

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

20 10
ATELVIA 284

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

83

patients, 7% of all patients

21 72
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

259

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

O 22 66
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

Treats pain and stiffness of muscle spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

234

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

R 23 49
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

70

patients, 6% of all patients

24 14
RISEDRONATE SODIUM DR 184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

58

patients, 5% of all patients

10 25 102
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

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

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

26 26
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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

O 27 40
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

28 38
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

O 29 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

91

patients, 7% of all patients

A 30 83
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

Treats muscle pain and spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

R 31 106
XELJANZ 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

10 32 34
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

O 33 61
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

108

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

34 13
TRAMADOL HCL ER 103

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

O 35 111
SAVELLA 97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

36 70
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

94

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

37 32
BUTRANS 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

O 38 60
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

39 91
FORTEO 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

39 35
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

O 41 89
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

42 44
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

43 58
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

44 37
CIMZIA 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

45 56
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 Aug. 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.
  • 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.