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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,120Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 168

$838K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 168

524 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 524 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 524 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,641 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $114 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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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 Virginia
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 563 377 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 560 281 2 8
OMEPRAZOLE 557 306 3 12
FUROSEMIDE 536 409 4 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 529 345 5 16
LISINOPRIL 473 293 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 313 234 7 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 294 182 8 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 248 95 S3 9 18
LEVETIRACETAM 239 153 10 86
METFORMIN HCL 222 111 11 29
MIRTAZAPINE 208 156 12 73
GABAPENTIN 203 121 13 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 193 163 14 65
KLOR-CON M20 193 140 14 56
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 179 64 S2 16 55
LANTUS 173 101 17 37
NIFEDIPINE ER 171 129 18 28
MEGESTROL ACETATE 169 101 R 19 101
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 167 62 20 102
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 88 21 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 73 22 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 142 69 22 106
RISPERIDONE 135 103 24 112
HYDRALAZINE HCL 135 96 24 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 70 26 19
FINASTERIDE 130 83 27 61
NAMENDA 114 99 28 93
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 111 105 29 127
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 103 91 30 132
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 63 31 74
PREDNISONE 99 69 31 23
CLONIDINE HCL 99 40 31 9
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 97 57 34 136
WARFARIN SODIUM 96 74 35 31
FAMOTIDINE 94 33 36 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 89 82 37 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 72 38 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 84 38 50
BACLOFEN 85 36 40 139
DIOVAN 85 54 40 24
HUMALOG 82 60 42 92
PROAIR HFA 81 34 43 69
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 79 51 R 44 143
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 62 45 39
MIDODRINE HCL 72 57 46 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 70 34 47 116
ATENOLOL 69 56 48 38
CLOPIDOGREL 68 49 49 78
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 36 49 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 30 49 86
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 45 52 63
OLANZAPINE 67 41 52 146
TRAZODONE HCL 67 28 52 81
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 43 55 112
TRAMADOL HCL 61 35 56 35
NIASPAN 60 33 57 121
GLIPIZIDE 60 27 57 45
RANITIDINE HCL 59 22 59 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 20 60 40
IBUPROFEN 56 27 61 166
CYMBALTA 56 18 61 90
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 21 61 42
SPIRIVA 56 39 61 127
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 55 26 65 168
CARVEDILOL 55 0 65 11
CRESTOR 54 42 67 41
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 54 14 67 169
MINOXIDIL 51 20 69 33
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 51 49 69 176
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.