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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,158Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 60

$1.94M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 60

701 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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 439 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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 701 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$375 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $193 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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

$806K

2012

$1.19M

2013

$1.63M

2014

$1.94M

2015

Number of Claims

4,292

2012

4,776

2013

5,002

2014

5,158

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
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

790

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

585

prescriptions.

209

patients, 30% 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

763

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

578

prescriptions.

125

patients, 18% of all patients

2 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

591

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

154

patients, 22% of all patients

3 1
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

252

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

4 4
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

218

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

5 21
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

183

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

80

patients, 11% of all patients

6 27
HUMIRA 160

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

7 30
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

154

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

8 18
SULINDAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

145

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

9 14
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

10 41
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), 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

93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

11 77
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

90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

12 25
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

13 26
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

14 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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

15 16
ETODOLAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

16 29
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

17 6
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

18 22
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

18 15
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

20 11
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 June 18, 2014.
  • 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.