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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

$3.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

1,958 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58% Patients 65 Years and Older

1% 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 1,958 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

24% of this provider’s 1,958 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$279 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $235 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$2.8M

2014

$2.85M

2015

$3.8M

2016

Number of Claims

13,798

2014

13,465

2015

13,628

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 1,363

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

508

prescriptions.

399

patients, 20% of all patients

1 1
METHOTREXATE 1,118

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

725

prescriptions.

187

patients, 10% of all patients

2 2
TIZANIDINE HCL 1,088

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

359

patients, 18% of all patients

3 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 840

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

631

prescriptions.

208

patients, 11% of all patients

4 4
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 740

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

452

prescriptions.

167

patients, 9% of all patients

5 5
TRAMADOL HCL 675

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

398

patients, 20% of all patients

O 6 10
ETODOLAC ER 622

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

231

patients, 12% of all patients

10 7 28
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 573

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

122

patients, 6% of all patients

8 18
NABUMETONE 394

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

119

patients, 6% of all patients

9 8
PREDNISONE 384

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

117

patients, 6% of all patients

10 3
BACLOFEN 358

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

155

patients, 8% of all patients

11 15
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 312

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

149

patients, 8% of all patients

12 6
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

147

patients, 8% of all patients

13 25
SULINDAC 279

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

115

patients, 6% of all patients

14 16
ENBREL 262

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

15 17
NAPROXEN 253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

74

patients, 4% of all patients

16 27
ETODOLAC 236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

87

patients, 4% of all patients

17 32
KENALOG-40 206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

171

patients, 9% of all patients

10 18 48
ALLOPURINOL 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

60

patients, 3% of all patients

19 24
HUMIRA PEN 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

27

patients, 1% of all patients

19 21
MELOXICAM 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

21 9
ORENCIA* 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

10 22 54
LYRICA 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

23 12
FAMOTIDINE* 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

67

patients, 3% of all patients

24 29
OMEPRAZOLE 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

56

patients, 3% of all patients

25 14
RANITIDINE HCL 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

48

patients, 2% of all patients

26 11
ULORIC 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

27 103
COLCHICINE 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

35

patients, 2% of all patients

28 56
DULOXETINE HCL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

28

patients, 1% of all patients

29 13
HUMIRA 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

30 31
RALOXIFENE HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

31 35
METFORMIN HCL 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

32 44
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

O 33 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

34 36
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

35 53
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 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.