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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,049Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 60

$3.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 60

1,456 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48% 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

14% of this provider’s 1,456 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 694 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

30% of this provider’s 1,456 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$148 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $193 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.6M

2012

$1.98M

2013

$2.32M

2014

$3.12M

2015

Number of Claims

19,820

2012

23,277

2013

22,377

2014

21,049

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
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

2,938

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

991

prescriptions.

751

patients, 52% of all patients

1 1
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

1,073

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

268

prescriptions.

311

patients, 21% of all patients

10 2 22
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

973

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

282

patients, 19% of all patients

10 3 6
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

809

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

234

patients, 16% of all patients

4 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

754

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

291

patients, 20% of all patients

5 7
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

748

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

191

patients, 13% of all patients

6 11
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

726

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

143

patients, 10% of all patients

7 2
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

719

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

337

patients, 23% of all patients

O 8 10
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

500

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

141

patients, 10% of all patients

9 12
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

482

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

93

patients, 6% of all patients

10 24
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

463

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

89

patients, 6% of all patients

11 20
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

457

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

87

patients, 6% of all patients

12 38
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

442

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

181

patients, 12% of all patients

13 9
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

387

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

94

patients, 6% of all patients

14 5
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

350

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

63

patients, 4% of all patients

15 43
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

350

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

90

patients, 6% of all patients

15 4
HUMIRA 314

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

10 17 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

276

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

69

patients, 5% of all patients

R 18 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

272

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

54

patients, 4% of all patients

19 67
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

271

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

20 64
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

260

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

54

patients, 4% of all patients

O 21 51
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

221

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

22 45
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

23 60
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

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

58

patients, 4% of all patients

24 27
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

52

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

25 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

46

patients, 3% of all patients

26 30
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

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

27 25
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

28 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

29 36
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

30 93
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

31 42
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

32 13
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

33 32
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

34 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

35 40
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

35 14
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

Used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

37 81
GEMFIBROZIL

Lowers high triglyceride an... +

Lowers high triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

38 86
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

51

patients, 4% of all patients

R 38 48
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

Diclofenac is a nonsteroida... +

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild-to-moderate pain, and helps to relieve symptoms of arthritis (eg, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

40 8
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

41 70
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

41 75
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

43 85
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

44 88
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

Treats moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

O 45 106
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

46 63
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

47 47
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

73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

48 16
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

O 49 74
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

58

patients, 4% of all patients

A 50 112
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

51 49
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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

52 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

53 91
ETODOLAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

54 29
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

55 87
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

55 91
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

57 83
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

58 96
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

59 34
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

59 46
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

61 128
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

R 62 101
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

62 89
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

62 133
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

65 104
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.