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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,615Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 492

$2.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 492

433 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

96% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

36% of this provider’s 433 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

20% of this provider’s 396 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 433 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 5%.

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Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$161 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $155 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$986K

2012

$1.13M

2013

$2.15M

2014

$2.19M

2015

Number of Claims

7,520

2012

9,254

2013

12,953

2014

13,615

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

687

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

604

prescriptions.

123

patients, 28% of all patients

1 13
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

573

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

556

prescriptions.

119

patients, 27% of all patients

2 2
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

388

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

81

patients, 19% of all patients

3 18
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

351

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

61

patients, 14% of all patients

4 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

330

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

72

patients, 17% of all patients

5 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

329

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

62

patients, 14% of all patients

6 57
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

322

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

59

patients, 14% of all patients

7 43
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

42

patients, 10% of all patients

8 10
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

Helps patients who have cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or digestive disorders digest food. Source: National Library of Medicine

276

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

54

patients, 12% of all patients

9 85
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

254

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

10 48
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

247

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

11 19
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

41

patients, 9% of all patients

12 21
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

13 31
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

14 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

47

patients, 11% of all patients

15 4
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

16 6
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

17 30
SPS 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

47

patients, 11% of all patients

10 18 172
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

19 93
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

20 14
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

21 5
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

22 23
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

23 29
COLCRYS

Used to prevent gout attack... +

Used to prevent gout attacks (sudden, severe pain in one or more joints caused by abnormally high levels of a substance called uric acid in the blood) in adults, and to relieve the pain of gout attacks when they occur. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

24 122
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

25 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

R 26 38
LINZESS

Used in adults to treat irr... +

Used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C; a condition that causes stomach pain or cramps, bloating, and infrequent or difficult passage of stools) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC; difficult or infrequent passage of stools that lasts for 3 months or longer and is not caused by a disease or a medication). Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

27 194
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

28 71
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

29 74
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

30 79
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

31 3
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

Labetalol is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

32 41
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

32 77
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

34 1
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

35 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

79

patients, 18% of all patients

A 36 99
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

36 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

38 11
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

39 20
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

40 105
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

41 107
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

42 110
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

43 91
CILOSTAZOL

Treats a circulation proble... +

Treats a circulation problem in which too little blood flows into your leg muscles (intermittent claudication). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

44 219
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

45 33
KIONEX 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

10 46 220
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

47 87
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

48 28
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

48 34
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

50 15
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

51 66
POTASSIUM CITRATE ER

Potassium citrate is used t... +

Potassium citrate is used to treat a kidney stone condition called renal tubular acidosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

52 73
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

53 36
SODIUM POLYSTYRENE SULFONATE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

10 53 151
PROSOL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 55 24
METHYLDOPA 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 R 10 56 239
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

57 89
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 57 245
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

59 127
PROCRIT 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

59 96
RANEXA

Treats or prevents angina (... +

Treats or prevents angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

61 134
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

62 123
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

63 25
CLONIDINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

64 144
METOLAZONE

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

65 103
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 65 63
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

67 49
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 67 62
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 67 55
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Dec. 15, 2016.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.