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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,196Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

$3.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

1,854 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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 Puerto Rico
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

3% of this provider’s 1,854 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

32% of this provider’s 1,854 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$135 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $235 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$2.58M

2014

$2.89M

2015

$3.14M

2016

Number of Claims

27,035

2014

25,689

2015

23,196

2016

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.

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
GABAPENTIN 2,182

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

859

prescriptions.

470

patients, 25% of all patients

1 1
PREDNISONE 1,675

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,051

prescriptions.

284

patients, 15% of all patients

2 3
METHOTREXATE 1,055

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

594

prescriptions.

168

patients, 9% of all patients

3 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,006

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

759

prescriptions.

226

patients, 12% of all patients

4 4
NABUMETONE 931

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

287

patients, 15% of all patients

10 5 8
OMEPRAZOLE 836

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

408

prescriptions.

185

patients, 10% of all patients

6 14
TIZANIDINE HCL 812

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

234

patients, 13% of all patients

7 7
TRAMADOL HCL 688

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

407

prescriptions.

390

patients, 21% of all patients

O 8 10
RANITIDINE HCL 606

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

147

patients, 8% of all patients

9 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 546

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

106

patients, 6% of all patients

10 37
MELOXICAM 499

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

135

patients, 7% of all patients

11 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 440

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

102

patients, 6% of all patients

12 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 393

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

94

patients, 5% of all patients

13 36
LYRICA 380

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

14 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 327

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

69

patients, 4% of all patients

15 42
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 310

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

67

patients, 4% of all patients

16 18
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 310

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

16 5
DULOXETINE HCL 304

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

73

patients, 4% of all patients

18 13
LEFLUNOMIDE 292

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

59

patients, 3% of all patients

19 19
SIMVASTATIN 249

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

68

patients, 4% of all patients

20 23
CLONAZEPAM 245

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

56

patients, 3% of all patients

21 46
FAMOTIDINE* 245

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

70

patients, 4% of all patients

21 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 235

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

23 50
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 234

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

75

patients, 4% of all patients

24 6
SYNTHROID 230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

25 26
ENBREL 230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

25 17
METFORMIN HCL 224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

27 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

43

patients, 2% of all patients

28 55
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

129

patients, 7% of all patients

O 29 22
ETODOLAC 198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

30 32
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

31 53
ATENOLOL 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

32 60
CELECOXIB 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

33 34
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

59

patients, 3% of all patients

O 34 51
ALLOPURINOL 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

25

patients, 1% of all patients

35 24
HUMIRA PEN 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

36 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

37 67
ALPRAZOLAM 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

38 62
LANSOPRAZOLE 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

39 52
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

64

patients, 3% of all patients

40 25
ORENCIA* 112

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

41 54
SULINDAC 105

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

42 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 104

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

43 72
COLCHICINE 97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 1% of all patients

44 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

27

patients, 1% of all patients

45 92
IBUPROFEN 92

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

46 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

47 38
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 25

patients, 1% of all patients

48 39
ZETIA 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

49 70
NAPROXEN SODIUM 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

50 69
MECLIZINE HCL 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

51 109
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

51 76
HUMIRA 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 51 31
IRBESARTAN 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

54 94
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

54 61
LISINOPRIL 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

56 77
NAPROXEN 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

56 27
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

58 47
FUROSEMIDE 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

59 113
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

60 87
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

61 74
CLOPIDOGREL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

62 101
GLIMEPIRIDE 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

63 88
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

64 45
AZATHIOPRINE 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

64 63
PAROXETINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

66 90
SULFASALAZINE DR 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

66 33
ETODOLAC ER 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

68 28
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

69 68
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

41

patients, 2% of all patients

O 69 85
LEVOXYL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

71 120
CICLOPIROX* 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

71 120
VOLTAREN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

73 58
SERTRALINE HCL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

74 71
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE* 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

75 126
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

76 20
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

76 128
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

76 128
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

79 66
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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. 23, 2010.
  • 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.