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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,378Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 749

$871K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 749

231 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

17% of this provider’s 231 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 3,559 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$137 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
RENVELA 433 217 1 3
CLINISOL 273 210 2 39
SENSIPAR 204 106 3 8
CARVEDILOL 194 105 4 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 193 136 5 1
SIMVASTATIN 184 96 6 5
DIOVAN 175 96 7 14
LABETALOL HCL 154 79 8 45
OMEPRAZOLE 148 67 9 6
CALCIUM ACETATE 136 57 10 16
MEGESTROL ACETATE 112 83 R 11 69
FUROSEMIDE 106 70 12 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 104 54 13 7
AZITHROMYCIN 101 64 14 65
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 55 15 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 42 S3 16 12
GABAPENTIN 93 37 17 25
ACARBOSE 93 82 17 169
LANTUS 90 54 19 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 90 11 19 21
CLOZAPINE 88 0 21 337
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 50 22 30
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 53 23 41
RENAGEL 77 44 24 50
SURE COMFORT 75 35 25 184
SPS 74 21 26 198
LISINOPRIL 73 53 27 4
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 39 28 23
MINOXIDIL 71 18 28 59
CLONIDINE HCL 67 11 30 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 64 19 31 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 62 36 32 13
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 60 22 33 74
LOPERAMIDE 60 52 33 250
GLIPIZIDE 59 46 35 32
NEXIUM 56 40 36 34
PLAVIX 51 33 37 56
GLYBURIDE 51 32 R 37 103
FOSRENOL 51 0 37 76
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 June 21, 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.