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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,528Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 99 providers in this state and specialty

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 99 providers in this state and specialty

313 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

95% 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 Maryland
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

33% of this provider’s 313 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

27% of this provider’s 313 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$97 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $361 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$1.23M

2014

$1.24M

2015

$1.4M

2016

Number of Claims

13,121

2014

14,548

2015

14,528

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
FUROSEMIDE 473

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

468

prescriptions.

77

patients, 25% of all patients

1 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 436

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

420

prescriptions.

56

patients, 18% of all patients

2 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 405

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

392

prescriptions.

58

patients, 19% of all patients

3 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 402

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

402

prescriptions.

41

patients, 13% of all patients

4 30
NEXIUM 366

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

44

patients, 14% of all patients

5 37
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 356

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

40

patients, 13% of all patients

6 25
METFORMIN HCL 291

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

36

patients, 12% of all patients

7 26
MECLIZINE HCL 285

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

33

patients, 11% of all patients

8 43
VOLTAREN 285

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

51

patients, 16% of all patients

8 33
CRESTOR 281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

10 44
VASCEPA 276

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

37

patients, 12% of all patients

11 45
SIMVASTATIN 262

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

43

patients, 14% of all patients

12 27
LISINOPRIL 234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

13 20
LIDOCAINE 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

43

patients, 14% of all patients

14 34
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

37

patients, 12% of all patients

15 55
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

16 36
CLOPIDOGREL 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

17 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

18 6
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

19 59
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

49

patients, 16% of all patients

O 20 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

21 35
RANITIDINE HCL 146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

22 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

23 31
DEXILANT 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

24 68
ATENOLOL 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

25 53
BENICAR 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

26 70
BENICAR HCT 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

27 73
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

27 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

40

patients, 13% of all patients

29 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

30 23
ZETIA 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

31 78
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

32 63
IRBESARTAN 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

33 83
HYDRALAZINE HCL 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

33 54
PROAIR HFA 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

35 47
OMEPRAZOLE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

36 28
IBUPROFEN 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

34

patients, 11% of all patients

37 51
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

38 84
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

39 86
LANSOPRAZOLE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

40 87
LACTULOSE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

40 87
DONEPEZIL HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

42 90
VALSARTAN 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

42 90
TRAMADOL HCL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

O 44 4
SPIRONOLACTONE 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

44 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

<11 46 92
CARVEDILOL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

47 50
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

<11 48 93
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

<11 48 93
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

48 93
CLONIDINE HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

48 93
ALLOPURINOL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

52 8
JANUVIA 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

<11 53 61
TRAZODONE HCL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

54 66
NYSTATIN 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

30

patients, 10% of all patients

55 98
RISEDRONATE SODIUM DR 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

<11 56 99
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

57 101
LORAZEPAM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

58 69
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

58 103
NITROSTAT 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

60 104
ALPRAZOLAM 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 61 75
GLIMEPIRIDE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 61 105
AMIODARONE HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 63 106
BYSTOLIC 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 64 109
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 65 110
PROCTOZONE-HC 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

66 111
AMMONIUM LACTATE 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 66 111
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 66 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

69 77
ESZOPICLONE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 70 115
CLONIDINE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 71 116
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 72 64
ULORIC 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 72 56
COLCRYS 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

74 119
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 75 122
LYRICA 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 76 19
GABAPENTIN 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 77 5
IRBESARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 78 126
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 79 22
REPAGLINIDE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 79 129
CREON 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 81 132
LINZESS 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 81 132
JANUMET 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 83 135
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 83 70
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 Nov. 13, 2009.
  • 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.