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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,465Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 60

$2.85M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 60

1,981 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55% 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

0% of this provider’s 1,099 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

3% of this provider’s 1,981 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

1% of this provider’s 1,099 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

26% of this provider’s 1,981 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$211 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $193 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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

$1.76M

2012

$2.36M

2013

$2.8M

2014

$2.85M

2015

Number of Claims

13,284

2012

13,754

2013

13,798

2014

13,465

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
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

1,470

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

415

prescriptions.

497

patients, 25% of all patients

1 7
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,372

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

490

prescriptions.

398

patients, 20% of all patients

2 1
ETODOLAC ER 1,001

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

367

patients, 19% of all patients

10 3 23
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

958

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

638

prescriptions.

185

patients, 9% of all patients

4 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

651

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

144

patients, 7% of all patients

5 5
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

607

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

342

prescriptions.

411

patients, 21% of all patients

O 6 10
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

599

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

404

prescriptions.

163

patients, 8% of all patients

7 4
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

482

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

353

prescriptions.

113

patients, 6% of all patients

8 15
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

429

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

136

patients, 7% of all patients

9 3
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

411

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

137

patients, 7% of all patients

10 6
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

329

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

129

patients, 7% of all patients

11 42
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

324

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

101

patients, 5% of all patients

12 27
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

98

patients, 5% of all patients

13 14
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

14 18
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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

62

patients, 3% of all patients

15 11
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

60

patients, 3% of all patients

16 9
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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

102

patients, 5% of all patients

17 8
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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

65

patients, 3% of all patients

18 12
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

196

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

64

patients, 3% of all patients

19 26
ETODOLAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

78

patients, 4% of all patients

20 29
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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

21 25
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

29

patients, 1% of all patients

22 102
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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

22 13
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

41

patients, 2% of all patients

24 70
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

25 32
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

45

patients, 2% of all patients

25 33
HUMIRA 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

27 30
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

50

patients, 3% of all patients

28 22
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

28 83
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

Treats short-term, medium to medium-severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

55

patients, 3% of all patients

O 30 17
ORENCIA* 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

31 61
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, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

25

patients, 1% of all patients

32 16
PIROXICAM 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

33 65
FORTEO 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

34 52
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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

35 43
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

35 34
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

49

patients, 2% of all patients

O 37 74
KENALOG-40 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

51

patients, 3% of all patients

38 84
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

39 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

40 40
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 Nov. 30, 2012.
  • 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.