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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,603Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 61

$3.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 61

1,975 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74% Patients 65 Years and Older

38% 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 Arizona
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,453 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

5% of this provider’s 1,975 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 1,453 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

34% of this provider’s 1,975 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 23%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$162 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $339 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$2.08M

2012

$2.57M

2013

$2.93M

2014

$3.5M

2015

Number of Claims

21,107

2012

21,205

2013

20,654

2014

21,603

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
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

2,184

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

1,714

prescriptions.

504

patients, 26% of all patients

10 1 2
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

1,833

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,484

prescriptions.

376

patients, 19% of all patients

10 2 1
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

1,612

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,157

prescriptions.

388

patients, 20% of all patients

3 3
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

1,174

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

699

prescriptions.

306

patients, 15% of all patients

4 18
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,074

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

642

prescriptions.

256

patients, 13% of all patients

5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

1,044

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

622

prescriptions.

228

patients, 12% of all patients

O 6 4
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

942

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

812

prescriptions.

262

patients, 13% of all patients

O 7 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

666

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

362

prescriptions.

124

patients, 6% of all patients

8 14
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

549

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

123

patients, 6% of all patients

9 9
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

529

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

374

prescriptions.

117

patients, 6% of all patients

10 13
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

427

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

111

patients, 6% of all patients

11 27
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

403

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

158

patients, 8% of all patients

12 26
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

351

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

78

patients, 4% of all patients

13 10
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

329

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

87

patients, 4% of all patients

14 8
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

326

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

73

patients, 4% of all patients

O 15 11
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

319

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

76

patients, 4% of all patients

16 31
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

295

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

85

patients, 4% of all patients

O 17 12
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

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

278

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

76

patients, 4% of all patients

10 18 22
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

277

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

72

patients, 4% of all patients

R 19 23
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

265

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

47

patients, 2% of all patients

O 20 20
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

119

patients, 6% of all patients

21 21
MINOCYCLINE HCL

Minocycline is used to trea... +

Minocycline is used to treat bacterial infections including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; acne; and infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems. Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

69

patients, 3% of all patients

A 22 46
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

219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

O 23 40
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

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

214

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

49

patients, 2% of all patients

R 24 25
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

44

patients, 2% of all patients

25 17
SULFASALAZINE DR 203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

56

patients, 3% of all patients

26 35
SAVELLA 201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

10 27 48
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

194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

29

patients, 1% of all patients

28 15
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

29 7
CEVIMELINE HCL 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

10 30 59
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

30 19
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

32 32
CALCITONIN-SALMON

Calcitonin salmon is used t... +

Calcitonin salmon is used to treat osteoporosis in women who are at least 5 years past menopause and cannot or do not want to take estrogen products. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

33 60
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

53

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

R 34 34
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

42

patients, 2% of all patients

35 29
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

36 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

R 37 44
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

38 16
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

39 65
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

28

patients, 1% of all patients

R 40 58
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

29

patients, 1% of all patients

41 37
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

42 66
LIDOCAINE HCL*

Lidocaine viscous, a local ... +

Lidocaine viscous, a local anesthetic, is used to treat the pain of a sore or irritated mouth and throat often associated with cancer chemotherapy and certain medical procedures. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

48

patients, 2% of all patients

43 67
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

94

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

29

patients, 1% of all patients

44 52
CHLORZOXAZONE 91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

R 45 71
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

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

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

27

patients, 1% of all patients

46 54
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

86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

47 72
ETODOLAC ER 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

48 74
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

49 55
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

50 77
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

51 60
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

O 52 37
DEXAMETHASONE

Treats inflammation and man... +

Treats inflammation and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

53 79
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

54 80
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

55 36
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

55 42
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

55 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

58 60
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

59 63
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

R 60 83
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 60 83
ETODOLAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

62 47
DICLOFENAC SODIUM-MISOPROSTOL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

62 87
HUMIRA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 64 43
TRAMADOL HCL ER 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

O 65 89
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE

This is used on the skin or... +

This is used on the skin or in the genital area to cause numbness or loss of feeling before certain medical procedures. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

65 50
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

65 24
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 June 1, 2009.
  • 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.