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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,075Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 92

$902K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 92

946 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 946 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 946 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,580 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 Kentucky
SPIRONOLACTONE 1,361 1,086 10 1 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,037 771 2 2
CARVEDILOL 683 487 3 8
LISINOPRIL 646 434 4 3
CLONIDINE HCL 617 415 5 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 596 388 6 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 510 332 7 7
HYDRALAZINE HCL 498 402 8 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 483 387 9 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 394 343 10 19
CHLORTHALIDONE 389 292 11 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 331 216 S3 12 22
ATENOLOL 326 240 13 30
OMEPRAZOLE 298 191 14 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 296 173 15 32
FUROSEMIDE 290 239 16 1
GABAPENTIN 239 162 17 31
METFORMIN HCL 224 137 18 37
SIMVASTATIN 223 161 19 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 220 148 20 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 185 118 21 18
ALLOPURINOL 176 88 22 5
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 112 23 29
DILTIAZEM ER 149 77 24 98
RENVELA 147 52 25 9
CLOPIDOGREL 135 96 26 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 84 27 16
CALCIUM ACETATE 128 44 28 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 97 29 23
RANITIDINE HCL 123 79 30 36
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 122 95 R 31 74
GLIPIZIDE 119 90 32 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 82 33 34
GLYBURIDE 115 86 R 34 71
CRESTOR 114 71 35 49
CALCITRIOL 112 90 36 13
PLAVIX 102 73 37 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 44 37 59
NEXIUM 100 68 39 51
CLONIDINE 97 74 40 119
FINASTERIDE 96 75 41 122
PEN NEEDLE 96 45 41 80
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 92 77 43 127
PROAIR HFA 90 65 44 129
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 59 45 69
EPLERENONE 85 43 45 132
GLIMEPIRIDE 82 72 47 89
PREDNISONE 81 38 48 21
INSULIN SYRINGE 81 51 48 46
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 80 50 50 102
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 79 52 R 51 139
PROSOL 76 71 52 65
MEGESTROL ACETATE 75 59 R 53 142
BUMETANIDE 72 63 54 26
CAPTOPRIL 72 52 54 148
SPIRIVA 70 60 56 84
AZITHROMYCIN 67 54 57 82
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 67 44 57 106
SERTRALINE HCL 66 13 59 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 63 60 60
DIOVAN 60 30 61 27
COLCRYS 59 42 62 85
LANTUS 58 25 63 41
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 19 R 64 63
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 34 R 64 165
TRAMADOL HCL 57 42 64 47
AVODART 57 46 64 107
CILOSTAZOL 55 32 68 169
JANUVIA 55 54 68 87
SENSIPAR 54 29 70 15
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 26 71 100
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 72 45
LIPITOR 52 27 72 173
LACTULOSE 52 47 72 109
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 Oct. 26, 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.