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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,757Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 64

$2.96M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 64

653 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older

26% 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 Alabama
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 470 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 653 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 470 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

38% of this provider’s 653 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 31%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$275 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $252 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.14M

2012

$2.26M

2013

$2.56M

2014

$2.96M

2015

Number of Claims

5,953

2012

9,343

2013

10,696

2014

10,757

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
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

1,528

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

1,126

prescriptions.

305

patients, 47% of all patients

1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

800

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

337

prescriptions.

105

patients, 16% of all patients

O 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

540

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

407

prescriptions.

133

patients, 20% of all patients

3 1
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

463

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

109

patients, 17% of all patients

O 4 5
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

462

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

86

patients, 13% of all patients

5 2
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

399

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

70

patients, 11% of all patients

6 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

360

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

82

patients, 13% of all patients

7 6
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

312

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

71

patients, 11% of all patients

8 13
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

9 12
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

73

patients, 11% of all patients

10 7
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

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

11 9
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

O 12 18
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

201

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

13 25
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

14 11
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

15 14
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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

16 15
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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 17 46
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

R 18 22
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

R 19 61
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

20 23
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

21 21
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

R 22 40
SULFASALAZINE DR 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

23 26
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

R 24 16
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

25 50
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

26 29
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

27 10
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

Prevent or treat attacks of gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 35
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

28 24
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

28 20
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

31 44
ORENCIA* 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 31 70
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 33 17
TRAMADOL HCL ER 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

O 34 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

35 39
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

36 31
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

36 49
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

38 125
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 39 32
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

R 39 84
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 41 77
BUTRANS 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 O 42 135
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

43 30
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.