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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,396Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

$1.93M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

915 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68% Patients 65 Years and Older

3% 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 915 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

9% of this provider’s 915 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$134 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $235 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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

$1.5M

2014

$1.76M

2015

$1.93M

2016

Number of Claims

17,106

2014

16,386

2015

14,396

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 2,786

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

1,683

prescriptions.

499

patients, 55% of all patients

1 1
LEFLUNOMIDE 1,215

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,057

prescriptions.

187

patients, 20% of all patients

10 2 19
METHOTREXATE 1,176

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

844

prescriptions.

169

patients, 18% of all patients

3 2
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 684

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

524

prescriptions.

88

patients, 10% of all patients

10 4 49
PREDNISONE 663

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

553

prescriptions.

128

patients, 14% of all patients

5 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 626

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

501

prescriptions.

115

patients, 13% of all patients

6 4
SULFASALAZINE DR 555

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

328

prescriptions.

86

patients, 9% of all patients

10 7 33
LYRICA 484

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

8 12
NABUMETONE 477

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

107

patients, 12% of all patients

9 8
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 474

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

86

patients, 9% of all patients

10 5
DULOXETINE HCL 289

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

75

patients, 8% of all patients

11 13
RALOXIFENE HCL 231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

12 35
RANITIDINE HCL 226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

59

patients, 6% of all patients

13 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

14 67
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

15 37
FAMOTIDINE* 179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

15 29
OMEPRAZOLE 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

17 14
SULFASALAZINE 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

18 41
SULINDAC 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

19 16
ZETIA 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

20 70
SAVELLA 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

10 21 86
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

22 61
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

23 47
TRAMADOL HCL 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

80

patients, 9% of all patients

O 24 10
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

25 68
GLIMEPIRIDE 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

26 88
ALLOPURINOL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

27 24
SIMVASTATIN 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

28 23
JANUVIA 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

29 108
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

30 40
METFORMIN HCL 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

31 44
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 32 53
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

33 38
ENBREL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

34 17
CEVIMELINE HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

35 111
FORTEO 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

36 57
NAPROXEN 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

37 27
METHOTREXATE SODIUM 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

38 82
AZATHIOPRINE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 39 63
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 39 18
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 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.