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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,051Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 437

$3.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 437

844 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

9% 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 815 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

3% of this provider’s 844 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 815 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

22% of this provider’s 844 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$338 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

$1.43M

2012

$2.18M

2013

$2.5M

2014

$3.06M

2015

Number of Claims

6,763

2012

8,402

2013

8,799

2014

9,051

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

804

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

767

prescriptions.

161

patients, 19% of all patients

1 3
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

634

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

607

prescriptions.

108

patients, 13% of all patients

2 2
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

539

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

534

prescriptions.

89

patients, 11% of all patients

3 1
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

401

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

389

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% of all patients

4 15
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

397

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

5 8
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

385

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

80

patients, 9% of all patients

6 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

308

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

86

patients, 10% of all patients

O 7 4
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

291

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

140

patients, 17% of all patients

8 14
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

272

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

78

patients, 9% of all patients

O 9 6
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

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

10 7
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

11 9
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

12 10
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

13 5
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

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

14 12
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 148

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

10 15 153
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

16 13
SULFASALAZINE DR 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

17 37
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

R 18 33
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

19 57
DIFLUNISAL 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

20 186
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

21 11
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

22 65
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

23 30
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

24 69
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

24 73
ORENCIA* 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 26 93
ATELVIA 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

26 134
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

28 49
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 29 90
FORTEO 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

30 47
SAVELLA 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 31 111
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

Treats pain and stiffness of muscle spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

R 31 82
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

O 33 43
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 33 88
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

33 19
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 36 53
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

36 126
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 50
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

38 68
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 40 66
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

41 58
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

R 42 40
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

Treats muscle pain and spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

R 43 139
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole 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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 43 158
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 Sept. 28, 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.