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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,739Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 42

$725K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 42

586 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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 Iowa
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,343 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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 Iowa
CALCITRIOL 529 472 1 4
CARVEDILOL 370 214 2 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 317 211 3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 295 180 4 13
FUROSEMIDE 295 258 4 1
SENSIPAR 265 115 6 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 263 200 7 8
RENVELA 250 129 8 14
LISINOPRIL 238 163 9 3
OMEPRAZOLE 212 115 10 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 182 140 11 9
SIMVASTATIN 169 144 12 5
ALLOPURINOL 164 143 13 7
MIDODRINE HCL 151 102 10 14 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 149 122 15 12
DIOVAN 141 75 16 28
CALCIUM ACETATE 134 80 17 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 98 18 20
CRESTOR 90 58 19 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 73 20 33
ACTOS 80 69 21 53
JANUVIA 77 51 22 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 57 23 18
LYRICA 73 0 24 72
QUINAPRIL HCL 69 59 25 114
GLIMEPIRIDE 68 32 26 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 66 30 27 10
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 41 28 74
IRBESARTAN 61 53 28 123
FENOFIBRATE 58 37 30 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 18 31 35
HECTOROL 51 45 32 104
TRAMADOL HCL 50 28 33 29
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 May 29, 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.