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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,690Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 268

$3.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 268

516 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83% Patients 65 Years and Older

12% 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 427 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

2% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 427 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

25% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$532 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $317 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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

$1.08M

2012

$1.94M

2013

$2.5M

2014

$3.56M

2015

Number of Claims

4,502

2012

6,263

2013

6,658

2014

6,690

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
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

1,054

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

905

prescriptions.

295

patients, 57% of all patients

1 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

899

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

778

prescriptions.

188

patients, 36% of all patients

2 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

346

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

108

patients, 21% of all patients

3 11
CALCITONIN-SALMON

Calcitonin salmon is used t... +

Calcitonin salmon is used to treat osteoporosis in women who are at least 5 years past menopause and cannot or do not want to take estrogen products. Source: National Library of Medicine

298

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

90

patients, 17% of all patients

10 4 85
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

285

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

92

patients, 18% of all patients

O 5 5
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

273

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

6 10
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

272

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

75

patients, 15% of all patients

7 1
SULFASALAZINE DR 255

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

71

patients, 14% of all patients

8 22
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

241

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

66

patients, 13% of all patients

9 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

185

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

10 20
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

174

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

11 17
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

114

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

12 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

O 13 4
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

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

14 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

R 15 24
PROLIA 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

16 59
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

16 26
XELJANZ 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

18 34
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

18 14
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

20 13
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

21 30
PIROXICAM 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

22 100
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

23 91
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

24 21
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. 7, 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.