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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,772Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 122

$1.37M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 122

389 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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 Tennessee
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 389 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,987 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$176 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $109 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 Tennessee
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 640 373 1 2
RENVELA 615 236 10 2 5
CLONIDINE HCL 432 158 3 8
SENSIPAR 414 132 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 363 250 5 12
LISINOPRIL 247 149 6 4
HYDRALAZINE HCL 246 148 7 9
METOLAZONE 205 167 8 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 101 9 6
FUROSEMIDE 164 92 10 1
CARVEDILOL 147 72 11 13
ALLOPURINOL 142 79 12 10
CALCITRIOL 133 107 13 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 94 14 22
GEMFIBROZIL 119 59 15 58
ATENOLOL 104 41 16 29
NIASPAN 103 63 17 102
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 99 56 18 32
OMEPRAZOLE 96 27 19 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 95 62 20 21
LABETALOL HCL 84 39 21 34
ZEMPLAR 81 59 22 25
NEXIUM 78 33 23 32
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE 78 47 23 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 40 25 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 37 26 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 47 27 91
ZETIA 58 20 28 51
FAMOTIDINE 58 16 28 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 33 30 38
PREDNISONE 57 0 30 16
MINOXIDIL 57 11 30 35
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 0 33 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 31 34 79
RANITIDINE HCL 54 0 34 45
GABAPENTIN 54 0 34 26
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 Dec. 19, 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.