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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Rheumatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,296Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

$1.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

782 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% 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

0% of this provider’s 586 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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Opioids

6% of this provider’s 782 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 18%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$242 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $235 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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$967K

2014

$1.34M

2015

$1.53M

2016

Number of Claims

6,400

2014

6,994

2015

6,296

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
PREDNISONE 965

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

754

prescriptions.

208

patients, 27% of all patients

1 3
GABAPENTIN 868

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

710

prescriptions.

245

patients, 31% of all patients

2 1
METHOTREXATE 698

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

130

patients, 17% of all patients

3 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 439

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

102

patients, 13% of all patients

4 4
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 402

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

85

patients, 11% of all patients

5 5
ETODOLAC ER 294

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

141

patients, 18% of all patients

10 6 28
TIZANIDINE HCL 241

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

112

patients, 14% of all patients

7 7
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 183

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

8 6
AZATHIOPRINE 137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

9 63
ENBREL 130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

10 17
LEFLUNOMIDE 112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

11 19
MELOXICAM 102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

12 9
SULINDAC 101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

13 16
SULFASALAZINE DR 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

14 33
LYRICA 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

15 12
NABUMETONE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

16 8
DULOXETINE HCL 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

17 13
HUMIRA PEN 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 17 21
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

19 38
NAPROXEN 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

20 27
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

20 20
HUMIRA 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 22 31
TRAMADOL HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

O 23 10
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 July 16, 2007.
  • 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.