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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,651Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 749

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 749

338 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 338 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,720 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$132 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in California
FUROSEMIDE 421 397 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 297 283 2 1
DIOVAN 239 232 3 14
CARVEDILOL 237 220 4 11
JANUVIA 227 220 5 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 222 184 S3 6 12
PROCRIT 181 181 7 66
RENVELA 165 106 8 3
ULORIC 152 152 9 72
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 133 10 18
LOVAZA 132 121 11 51
EXFORGE 127 117 12 90
CALCITRIOL 123 121 13 17
SENSIPAR 118 80 14 8
OMEPRAZOLE 118 91 14 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 116 90 16 13
GLIPIZIDE 110 109 17 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 106 76 18 24
SIMVASTATIN 103 90 19 5
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 101 20 29
FINASTERIDE 88 85 21 131
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 66 22 9
METFORMIN HCL 85 81 23 22
PEN NEEDLE 84 67 24 101
VICTOZA 3-PAK 80 48 25 230
CLONIDINE HCL 79 73 26 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 75 27 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 76 59 28 7
NEXIUM 73 73 29 34
MEGESTROL ACETATE 73 69 R 29 69
PREDNISONE 71 64 31 28
GABAPENTIN 65 44 32 25
FENOFIBRATE 65 60 32 120
LISINOPRIL 63 56 34 4
BENICAR 61 60 35 87
ACTOS 60 60 36 70
ALLOPURINOL 58 56 37 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 56 50 38 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 55 29 39 31
PLAVIX 54 50 40 56
CRESTOR 54 54 40 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 39 42 40
CALCIUM ACETATE 52 36 43 16
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 42 44 110
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 Aug. 2, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.