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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,403Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 437

$4.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 437

611 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

88% 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

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

7% of this provider’s 611 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 549 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

19% of this provider’s 611 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

38% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$357 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $344 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$2.2M

2012

$3.02M

2013

$3.35M

2014

$4.07M

2015

Number of Claims

8,573

2012

10,670

2013

10,696

2014

11,403

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
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

838

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

780

prescriptions.

138

patients, 23% of all patients

1 1
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

575

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

548

prescriptions.

112

patients, 18% of all patients

2 5
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

563

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

509

prescriptions.

115

patients, 19% of all patients

3 2
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

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

440

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

362

prescriptions.

79

patients, 13% of all patients

4 3
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

348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

5 12
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

291

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

70

patients, 11% of all patients

6 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

289

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

O 7 6
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

277

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

54

patients, 9% of all patients

8 14
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

9 101
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

245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

10 19
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

11 10
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

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

12 11
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

224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

13 7
HUMIRA 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

10 14 36
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

15 32
SULFASALAZINE

Treats ulcerative colitis. ... +

Treats ulcerative colitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

16 17
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

17 23
FORTEO 159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

18 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

O 19 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

20 20
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

21 45
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

22 15
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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

23 22
LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

24 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

25 18
PROLIA 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

90

patients, 15% of all patients

26 42
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

27 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

28 44
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

29 64
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

30 54
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

30 13
LEFLUNOMIDE

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

32 8
SIMPONI 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

10 32 120
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

34 73
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

35 74
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

36 77
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 37 21
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

<11 38 84
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 39 90
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

46

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

40 35
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

<11 41 108
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

42 87
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 43 74
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

44 30
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

45 147
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

46 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

<11 47 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

48 16
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 49 208
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 50 39
ATELVIA 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 51 134
ZORVOLEX 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

10 52 279
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 April 15, 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.