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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,886Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 268

$2.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 268

640 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66% Patients 65 Years and Older

64% 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 Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 421 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

4% of this provider’s 640 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 421 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

34% of this provider’s 640 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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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

$356 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $317 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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

$1.11M

2012

$1.75M

2013

$2.17M

2014

$2.8M

2015

Number of Claims

6,996

2012

8,111

2013

7,720

2014

7,886

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
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

912

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

546

prescriptions.

191

patients, 30% of all patients

1 1
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

662

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

181

patients, 28% of all patients

O 2 4
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

637

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

438

prescriptions.

142

patients, 22% of all patients

3 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

598

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

117

patients, 18% of all patients

4 2
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

444

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

116

patients, 18% of all patients

5 9
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

387

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

107

patients, 17% of all patients

6 6
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

299

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

78

patients, 12% of all patients

7 20
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

272

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

8 10
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

262

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

9 7
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

217

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

88

patients, 14% of all patients

10 16
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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

11 12
DIFLUNISAL 181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

10 12 103
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

13 46
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

154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

14 11
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

15 14
ETODOLAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

16 41
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

17 8
ORENCIA* 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

18 57
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

O 19 18
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

20 33
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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

21 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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

R 22 23
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

23 30
HUMIRA 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 24 53
XELJANZ 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 25 34
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

26 74
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 Jan. 20, 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.