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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,397Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 93

$456K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 93

401 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68% Patients 65 Years and Older

63% 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 274 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

14% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$134 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $207 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$501K

2012

$404K

2013

$474K

2014

$456K

2015

Number of Claims

5,078

2012

4,818

2013

4,200

2014

3,397

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
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

297

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

85

patients, 21% of all patients

1 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

234

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

68

patients, 17% of all patients

2 3
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

169

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

3 7
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

4 34
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

159

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

4 10
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

133

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

6 6
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

120

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

7 1
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

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

114

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

8 2
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

114

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

8 9
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

96

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

10 11
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

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

91

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

11 4
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

83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

12 18
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

13 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

63

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

14 26
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

60

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

15 13
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

16 8
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

52

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

17 17
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 June 14, 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.