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MICHAEL BABILONIA ROMAN M.D.

AVE. LOS CORAZONES, EDIFICIO MEDICO PROFESIONAL #1065 SUITE 212

Mayaguez | Puerto Rico | 00680

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,401Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

$5.6M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

1,389 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
51% Patients 65 Years and Older

1% 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

8% of this provider’s 1,389 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 1,389 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$262 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $235 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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

$3.5M

2014

$4.29M

2015

$5.6M

2016

Number of Claims

18,715

2014

20,548

2015

21,401

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
METHOTREXATE 2,177

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

612

prescriptions.

315

patients, 23% of all patients

10 1 2
RANITIDINE HCL 1,534

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

574

prescriptions.

329

patients, 24% of all patients

2 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,414

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

845

prescriptions.

265

patients, 19% of all patients

3 4
GABAPENTIN 1,331

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

488

prescriptions.

278

patients, 20% of all patients

4 1
PREDNISONE 1,246

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

433

prescriptions.

228

patients, 16% of all patients

5 3
MELOXICAM 968

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

468

prescriptions.

201

patients, 14% of all patients

6 9
NABUMETONE 944

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

381

prescriptions.

227

patients, 16% of all patients

10 7 8
TIZANIDINE HCL 830

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

187

patients, 13% of all patients

8 7
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 622

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

103

patients, 7% of all patients

9 20
ETODOLAC 577

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

131

patients, 9% of all patients

10 10 32
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 567

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

121

patients, 9% of all patients

11 6
OMEPRAZOLE 539

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

110

patients, 8% of all patients

12 14
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 511

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

82

patients, 6% of all patients

13 5
NAPROXEN 488

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

96

patients, 7% of all patients

14 27
ENBREL 480

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

10 15 17
SIMVASTATIN 450

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

95

patients, 7% of all patients

16 23
HUMIRA 425

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

10 17 31
LEFLUNOMIDE 381

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

72

patients, 5% of all patients

18 19
SULINDAC 337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

70

patients, 5% of all patients

10 19 16
SULFASALAZINE DR 304

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

73

patients, 5% of all patients

20 33
BACLOFEN 294

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

77

patients, 6% of all patients

21 15
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 252

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

22 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 243

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

56

patients, 4% of all patients

23 39
LANSOPRAZOLE 241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

24 52
RALOXIFENE HCL 217

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

25 35
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

55

patients, 4% of all patients

10 26 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

26 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

42

patients, 3% of all patients

28 36
CELECOXIB 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

29 34
FENOFIBRATE* 181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

30 89
ALLOPURINOL 169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

31 24
HUMIRA PEN 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

32 21
DICLOFENAC SODIUM ER 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

33 43
SUCRALFATE 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

34 81
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

35 25
CHLORZOXAZONE 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

10 36 83
PIROXICAM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

37 80
FAMOTIDINE* 106

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

38 29
XELJANZ 93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 39 92
IBUPROFEN 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

40 65
LYRICA 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

41 12
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

73

patients, 5% of all patients

A 42 98
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

43 38
DEXAMETHASONE 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

44 113
ORENCIA* 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 45 54
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

O 46 22
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

47 78
PENTOXIFYLLINE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

47 106
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

49 61
VOLTAREN 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

49 58
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 May 5, 2011.
  • 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.