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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,166Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 64

$4.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 64

946 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62% Patients 65 Years and Older

37% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

11% of this provider’s 946 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 589 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

14% of this provider’s 946 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 31%.

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Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$450 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $252 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$1.15M

2012

$2.21M

2013

$2.74M

2014

$4.13M

2015

Number of Claims

7,900

2012

10,488

2013

10,005

2014

9,166

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

985

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

625

prescriptions.

282

patients, 30% of all patients

1 3
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

930

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

594

prescriptions.

263

patients, 28% of all patients

2 1
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

452

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

145

patients, 15% of all patients

3 6
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

435

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

161

patients, 17% of all patients

4 2
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

351

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

5 14
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

268

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

97

patients, 10% of all patients

6 7
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

260

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

7 8
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

79

patients, 8% of all patients

8 12
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

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

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

73

patients, 8% of all patients

8 32
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

73

patients, 8% of all patients

O 10 5
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

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

11 9
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

60

patients, 6% of all patients

12 11
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

13 13
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

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

14 84
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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

15 17
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

R 16 16
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

17 28
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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

A 18 66
SULFASALAZINE DR 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

19 26
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

A 20 105
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

21 15
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

22 23
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

23 44
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

24 10
CEVIMELINE HCL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

25 95
ZONISAMIDE

Treats partial seizures in ... +

Treats partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

26 111
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

26 53
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

O 26 4
ORENCIA* 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 29 70
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

30 35
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

31 30
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

32 20
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 100
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

32 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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

35 49
FORTEO 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

36 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

R 36 44
ETODOLAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 38 34
XELJANZ 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

39 47
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

40 31
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

41 42
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 Feb. 27, 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.