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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,513Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 749

$663K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 749

553 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

3% of this provider’s 553 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 3,778 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$102 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 435 329 1 2
RENVELA 373 147 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 364 234 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 316 216 4 5
CLONIDINE HCL 237 146 5 15
CARVEDILOL 231 129 6 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 219 186 7 29
DIOVAN 215 84 8 14
LISINOPRIL 194 80 9 4
JANUVIA 163 69 10 33
SENSIPAR 130 39 11 8
EXFORGE 125 93 12 90
NIFEDIPINE ER 120 50 13 21
OMEPRAZOLE 120 43 13 6
ZEMPLAR 113 102 15 63
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 113 88 15 13
LOVAZA 103 61 17 51
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 62 18 9
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 97 27 19 217
CHLORTHALIDONE 95 64 20 91
CALCIUM ACETATE 92 25 21 16
CLONIDINE 92 60 21 174
CRESTOR 88 51 23 43
MINOXIDIL 88 55 23 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 79 51 25 26
FENOFIBRATE 72 40 26 120
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 17 26 7
ALLOPURINOL 68 46 28 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 68 54 28 18
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 26 30 132
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 56 31 44
AVODART 55 55 32 73
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 33 33 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 33 33 37
TRILIPIX 50 26 35 155
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 24, 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.