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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,628Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 60

$884K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 60

944 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58% 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

0% of this provider’s 552 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

5% of this provider’s 944 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 552 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

21% of this provider’s 944 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$116 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $193 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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

$546K

2012

$607K

2013

$716K

2014

$884K

2015

Number of Claims

6,036

2012

6,904

2013

7,613

2014

7,628

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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O

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
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,255

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

619

prescriptions.

317

patients, 34% of all patients

1 1
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

588

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

214

patients, 23% of all patients

2 7
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

490

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

134

patients, 14% of all patients

3 4
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

402

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

77

patients, 8% of all patients

4 2
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

Diclofenac is a nonsteroida... +

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild-to-moderate pain, and helps to relieve symptoms of arthritis (eg, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

394

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

140

patients, 15% of all patients

5 8
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

301

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

116

patients, 12% of all patients

6 9
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN

Treats short-term, medium t... +

Treats short-term, medium to medium-severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

261

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

116

patients, 12% of all patients

O 7 17
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

249

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

71

patients, 8% of all patients

8 15
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

238

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

78

patients, 8% of all patients

9 22
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

217

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

80

patients, 8% of all patients

10 3
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

11 13
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

10 12 55
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

87

patients, 9% of all patients

O 13 10
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

14 14
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

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

15 32
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

16 6
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

17 11
ETODOLAC ER 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

18 23
CHLORZOXAZONE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

R 19 78
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

20 5
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 21 18
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

22 27
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

R 23 48
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

24 42
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

25 12
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

26 34
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

27 26
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. 27, 2010.
  • 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.