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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,413Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 93

$922K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 93

750 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older

55% 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 Alabama
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 532 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

17% of this provider’s 750 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 532 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

16% of this provider’s 750 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$124 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $207 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$750K

2012

$781K

2013

$863K

2014

$922K

2015

Number of Claims

8,044

2012

7,767

2013

7,212

2014

7,413

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
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

524

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

405

prescriptions.

154

patients, 21% of all patients

1 8
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

405

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

141

patients, 19% of all patients

2 3
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

382

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

113

patients, 15% of all patients

3 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

252

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

78

patients, 10% of all patients

O 4 22
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

214

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

68

patients, 9% of all patients

5 7
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

202

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

6 15
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

7 5
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

8 4
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

9 10
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

10 6
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

11 9
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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

12 19
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

13 13
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

14 2
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

15 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

16 18
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

O 17 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

17 26
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

19 29
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

19 80
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

21 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

22 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

23 16
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

Labetalol is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

24 28
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

24 30
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

24 51
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

24 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

28 25
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

29 23
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

30 115
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

31 24
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 68
FELODIPINE ER

Felodipine is used to treat... +

Felodipine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

32 126
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

34 129
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 Oct. 21, 2008.
  • 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.