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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,883Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 749

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 749

742 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,388 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$180 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 570 453 1 1
RENVELA 565 385 2 3
TERAZOSIN HCL 521 478 3 58
LISINOPRIL 463 365 4 4
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 449 382 5 38
FUROSEMIDE 444 401 6 2
ALLOPURINOL 243 211 7 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 222 187 8 9
SENSIPAR 218 136 9 8
DIOVAN 174 165 10 14
CALCIUM ACETATE 173 92 11 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 170 12 27
CLINISOL 168 168 13 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 107 82 14 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 85 78 15 13
MINOXIDIL 85 26 15 59
CARVEDILOL 82 62 17 11
NIFEDIPINE ER 81 56 18 21
COLCRYS 71 47 19 107
TRAVASOL 69 15 10 20 128
FOSRENOL 67 46 21 76
MEGESTROL ACETATE 67 64 R 21 69
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 62 23 31
OMEPRAZOLE 63 45 23 6
ATENOLOL 62 28 25 20
FAMOTIDINE 55 51 26 35
RENAGEL 51 34 27 50
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 March 21, 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.