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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,725Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 749

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 749

510 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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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this specialty
in California
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 510 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 510 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,672 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,134 793 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 924 643 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 732 446 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 559 342 S3 4 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 532 384 5 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 511 322 6 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 487 420 7 31
LABETALOL HCL 463 317 10 8 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 434 263 9 24
FUROSEMIDE 419 301 10 2
LISINOPRIL 411 269 11 4
METFORMIN HCL 397 286 12 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 385 305 13 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 357 232 14 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 339 265 15 29
CLINISOL 317 286 10 16 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 272 195 17 18
LANTUS 238 175 18 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234 139 19 7
NIFEDIPINE ER 228 147 20 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 213 212 21 55
CLONIDINE HCL 213 166 21 15
CARVEDILOL 210 155 23 11
GABAPENTIN 199 133 24 25
NEXIUM 196 142 25 34
RISPERIDONE 194 153 26 115
NAMENDA 188 188 27 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 186 137 28 9
SENSIPAR 182 21 29 8
HEPARIN SODIUM 175 160 30 190
CLOPIDOGREL 175 150 30 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 169 93 32 44
DIOVAN 167 118 33 14
RENVELA 162 73 34 3
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 154 99 35 62
FAMOTIDINE 153 78 36 35
LEVETIRACETAM 144 79 37 149
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 143 118 38 49
TRAMADOL HCL 139 90 39 47
PLAVIX 137 102 40 56
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 136 98 41 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 135 122 42 45
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 135 74 42 85
DIGOXIN 132 110 44 95
HUMALOG 130 98 45 112
NOVOLOG 130 95 45 139
ATENOLOL 126 87 47 20
SURE COMFORT 118 90 48 184
ADVAIR DISKUS 117 80 49 89
INSULIN SYRINGE 116 66 50 41
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 115 61 S3 51 79
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 99 52 27
GLYBURIDE 104 76 R 53 103
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 103 0 S2 54 324
BENAZEPRIL HCL 103 59 54 23
FINASTERIDE 103 100 54 131
GLIPIZIDE 98 60 57 32
KLOR-CON 10 95 90 58 215
SERTRALINE HCL 93 78 59 86
OXYCODONE HCL 92 15 S2 60 267
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 67 61 124
AMIODARONE HCL 90 65 62 113
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 88 53 63 206
OLANZAPINE 88 57 63 142
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 65 65 108
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 85 35 66 74
CALCITRIOL 83 38 67 17
MEGESTROL ACETATE 79 52 R 68 69
RANITIDINE HCL 77 60 69 83
LIPITOR 76 55 70 71
HUMULIN R 75 59 71 234
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 75 50 71 222
IBUPROFEN 74 48 73 118
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 73 53 74 151
MINOXIDIL 72 21 75 59
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 42 76 104
CALCIUM ACETATE 67 38 76 16
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 42 78 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 47 79 81
PROAIR HFA 63 43 79 98
LEVEMIR 62 43 81 260
DEXILANT 62 52 81 75
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 62 58 81 253
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 45 84 40
JANUVIA 61 45 84 33
ATROVENT HFA 61 39 84 295
PREDNISONE 60 26 87 28
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 40 87 248
MIRTAZAPINE 59 58 89 136
ACTOS 59 47 89 70
ONDANSETRON HCL 58 40 91 303
FLUOCINONIDE 57 57 92 197
SANTYL 57 51 92 306
CLONIDINE 57 30 92 174
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 39 95 144
RENAGEL 53 16 96 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 48 97 183
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 51 33 97 161
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 50 36 99 213
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 50 11 R 99 168
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 0 99 110
LACTULOSE 50 25 99 120
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 Sept. 20, 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.