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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,195Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 437

$3.9M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 437

948 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

84% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 827 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

1% of this provider’s 948 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

3% of this provider’s 827 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

16% of this provider’s 948 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$383 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $344 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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

$1.65M

2012

$2.08M

2013

$2.94M

2014

$3.9M

2015

Number of Claims

8,301

2012

9,089

2013

10,181

2014

10,195

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
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

1,407

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

1,304

prescriptions.

488

patients, 51% of all patients

10 1 14
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

758

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

663

prescriptions.

215

patients, 23% of all patients

2 5
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

603

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

491

prescriptions.

145

patients, 15% of all patients

3 19
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

523

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

405

prescriptions.

115

patients, 12% of all patients

4 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

500

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

362

prescriptions.

82

patients, 9% of all patients

5 1
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

418

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

100

patients, 11% of all patients

6 12
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

395

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

330

prescriptions.

98

patients, 10% of all patients

7 2
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

316

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

82

patients, 9% of all patients

8 7
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

310

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

77

patients, 8% of all patients

9 11
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

306

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

10 13
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

299

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

88

patients, 9% of all patients

O 11 6
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

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

299

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

11 45
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

68

patients, 7% of all patients

13 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

61

patients, 6% of all patients

O 14 4
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

60

patients, 6% of all patients

15 29
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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

16 73
LIDODERM

Treats nerve pain that is c... +

Treats nerve pain that is caused by herpes zoster, or "shingles. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

17 76
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

66

patients, 7% of all patients

18 28
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

19 10
FORTEO 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

20 47
NEUPRO 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

21 197
PROLIA 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

89

patients, 9% of all patients

22 42
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

23 69
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

24 136
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

25 100
HUMIRA 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

25 36
UNIFINE PENTIPS

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

27 171
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL

Used with other medications... +

Used with other medications to help prevent transplant organ rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system of the person receiving the organ) in people who have received organ transplants. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

28 61
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

29 15
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

30 8
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

31 35
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

32 57
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

33 22
OTREXUP 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 10 34 184
ORENCIA* 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 35 93
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

Prevents your body from rejecting a kidney transplant. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

36 27
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

37 23
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

38 53
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

O 39 43
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 9, 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.