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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,869Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 126

$1.6M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 126

831 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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 Louisiana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 831 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 831 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 19,557 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $105 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Louisiana
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 966 839 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 756 637 2 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 710 634 3 16
FUROSEMIDE 669 591 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 511 486 5 26
LISINOPRIL 472 422 6 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 433 354 7 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 402 358 8 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 397 396 9 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 382 329 10 19
CARVEDILOL 355 303 11 8
NAMENDA 318 307 12 51
WARFARIN SODIUM 318 303 12 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 308 200 S3 14 9
GABAPENTIN 304 277 15 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 287 270 16 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 280 232 17 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 264 247 18 58
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 262 240 19 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 243 213 20 27
DIOVAN 240 199 21 20
SERTRALINE HCL 234 203 22 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 230 221 23 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 228 193 24 29
METFORMIN HCL 224 181 25 36
ATENOLOL 197 180 26 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 197 169 26 38
DIGOXIN 185 185 28 73
RANITIDINE HCL 177 164 29 54
PREDNISONE 174 118 30 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 174 155 30 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 172 159 32 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 172 141 32 36
NEXIUM 155 119 34 23
CLONIDINE HCL 153 73 35 6
RENVELA 152 44 36 4
MIRTAZAPINE 152 152 36 87
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 129 38 90
LEVETIRACETAM 144 119 39 81
ALLOPURINOL 140 128 40 10
EXELON 138 127 41 117
CLOPIDOGREL 133 110 42 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 132 115 43 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 128 105 44 21
CYMBALTA 126 124 45 67
TRAMADOL HCL 126 115 45 28
NIFEDIPINE ER 126 87 45 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 119 111 48 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 118 106 49 69
PLAVIX 111 96 50 59
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 110 99 51 96
LOVASTATIN 103 94 52 138
DIOVAN HCT 103 103 52 79
LANTUS 102 75 54 50
JANUVIA 101 95 55 47
SEROQUEL 99 92 56 142
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 80 57 96
NOVOLOG 92 80 58 111
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 78 58 60
CRESTOR 91 65 60 45
RAMIPRIL 91 85 60 31
MELOXICAM 91 80 60 72
FAMOTIDINE 90 84 63 73
BUSPIRONE HCL 86 75 64 151
ZETIA 85 64 65 152
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 85 75 65 78
TEMAZEPAM 78 57 67 156
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 67 68 49
TRICOR 77 58 68 115
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 67 70 40
KETOCONAZOLE 73 70 71 62
METFORMIN HCL ER 72 53 72 159
LORAZEPAM 72 68 72 159
INSULIN SYRINGE 72 50 72 92
KLOR-CON M20 72 69 72 68
SYNTHROID 70 58 76 70
PROPRANOLOL HCL 69 69 77 117
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 68 68 78 164
RISPERIDONE 68 56 78 102
CLONIDINE 67 31 80 166
PRISTIQ ER 66 54 81 170
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 64 81 83
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 65 83 113
MECLIZINE HCL 63 63 84 119
COLCRYS 63 49 84 90
OLANZAPINE 62 48 86 174
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 60 87 176
MEGESTROL ACETATE 61 61 R 87 124
FINASTERIDE 61 61 87 95
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 61 87 176
TRAZODONE HCL 60 47 91 63
LEXAPRO 60 60 91 180
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 47 93 66
KLOR-CON M10 57 57 93 108
LIPITOR 56 49 95 75
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 56 95 112
PROAIR HFA 56 50 95 84
TRAVATAN Z 56 47 95 190
LABETALOL HCL 54 44 99 34
VERAPAMIL ER 54 54 99 132
FENOFIBRATE 54 32 99 126
SENSIPAR 54 15 99 7
AMIODARONE HCL 53 50 103 131
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 53 40 103 194
ABILIFY 52 38 105 199
SPIRIVA 52 50 105 107
COMBIVENT 51 43 107 135
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 51 24 107 132
BYSTOLIC 50 35 109 43
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 12, 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.