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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,738Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 37

$2.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 37

1,095 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
28% Patients 65 Years and Older

79% 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 Arkansas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 303 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

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

47 of this provider’s 1,095 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 303 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

86% of this provider’s 1,095 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far fewer than peers.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$119 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $195 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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

$989K

2012

$1.4M

2013

$2.14M

2014

$2.23M

2015

Number of Claims

10,263

2012

14,712

2013

17,658

2014

18,738

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
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

3,361

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

547

prescriptions.

405

patients, 37% of all patients

O 10 1 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

2,820

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

796

prescriptions.

402

patients, 37% of all patients

O 2 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

788

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

142

patients, 13% of all patients

O 3 20
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

727

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

129

patients, 12% of all patients

4 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

678

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

130

patients, 12% of all patients

5 6
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

665

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

150

patients, 14% of all patients

6 12
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

658

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

140

patients, 13% of all patients

7 3
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

531

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

127

patients, 12% of all patients

8 7
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

520

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

76

patients, 7% of all patients

O 9 33
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

439

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

102

patients, 9% of all patients

R 10 13
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

427

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

O 11 35
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

368

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

58

patients, 5% of all patients

R 12 22
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

337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

60

patients, 5% of all patients

13 1
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

330

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

14 14
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

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

324

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

98

patients, 9% of all patients

15 48
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

323

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

16 49
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

72

patients, 7% of all patients

O 17 5
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

288

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

O 18 52
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

242

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

R 19 61
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

229

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

20 34
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

218

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

O 21 47
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

22 8
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

212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

23 9
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

24 23
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

64

patients, 6% of all patients

25 27
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

O 26 70
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, gout, or sore tendons. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

27 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

R 28 25
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

R 29 62
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

30 26
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

31 15
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

32 59
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

O 33 80
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

89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

34 10
PIROXICAM 88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

35 82
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

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

36 68
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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

37 54
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

38 86
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, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 39 29
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

40 19
OPANA ER

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

O 41 96
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 March 1, 2017.
  • 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.