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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,363Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 461

$370K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 85 out of 461

160 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 160 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 160 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,426 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $101 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 New York
FUROSEMIDE 325 275 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 182 154 2 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 135 94 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 133 111 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 125 106 5 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 103 6 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 101 90 7 39
ALLOPURINOL 93 79 8 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 83 8 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 89 10 11
GABAPENTIN 87 87 11 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 84 60 12 1
RENVELA 70 36 13 6
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 69 69 14 113
TIMOLOL MALEATE 67 67 15 217
METFORMIN HCL 67 62 15 17
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE 65 51 17 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 63 54 18 43
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 62 19 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 62 19 24
LANTUS 60 45 21 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 60 21 28
CARVEDILOL 58 56 23 18
SPIRIVA 56 31 24 114
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 55 42 25 49
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 49 25 179
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 42 S3 27 41
FINASTERIDE 53 53 27 91
LISINOPRIL 52 49 29 4
SENSIPAR 50 0 30 10
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 2, 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.