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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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29,930Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 749

$1.95M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 749

784 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

8% of this provider’s 784 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 28,114 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 1,875 1,729 1 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,024 969 2 9
SIMVASTATIN 959 924 3 5
DIOVAN 931 898 4 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 841 838 5 40
OMEPRAZOLE 776 741 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 626 588 7 13
METFORMIN HCL 618 611 8 22
FUROSEMIDE 599 561 9 2
TAMSULOSIN HCL 566 530 10 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 552 536 11 45
LIDODERM 521 500 12 57
CREON 521 509 12 97
ATENOLOL 515 496 14 20
LABETALOL HCL 495 459 10 15 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 471 459 16 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 470 461 17 61
JANUVIA 467 457 18 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 414 399 19 18
CLOPIDOGREL 375 338 20 42
CELEBREX 372 369 21 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 356 321 22 24
CARVEDILOL 333 302 23 11
FAMOTIDINE 331 281 24 35
AZITHROMYCIN 331 306 24 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 312 312 26 77
DONEPEZIL HCL 302 302 27 55
HYDRALAZINE HCL 288 254 28 19
GABAPENTIN 282 264 29 25
CLONIDINE HCL 279 219 30 15
PLAVIX 268 250 31 56
LOVASTATIN 253 252 32 52
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 251 247 33 38
NEXIUM 251 239 33 34
ZENPEP 240 238 35 157
LANTUS 217 192 36 36
FENOFIBRATE 203 196 37 120
LOVAZA 199 186 38 51
CALCIUM ACETATE 193 134 39 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 193 158 39 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 184 179 41 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 147 42 49
ALLOPURINOL 174 162 43 10
AVODART 168 168 44 73
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 166 139 45 110
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 164 160 R 46 109
PREMPRO 160 159 R 10 47 237
MELOXICAM 155 154 48 78
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 146 138 49 84
DIOVAN HCT 145 145 50 68
PRANDIN 143 136 51 148
BENAZEPRIL HCL 136 122 52 23
PAROXETINE HCL 134 119 53 122
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 124 54 116
LYRICA 127 126 55 111
SINGULAIR 127 127 55 99
PEN NEEDLE 126 97 57 101
ULORIC 123 120 58 72
PREMARIN 119 114 R 59 182
LEVOFLOXACIN 117 113 60 81
MEGESTROL ACETATE 116 114 R 61 69
GEMFIBROZIL 116 114 61 129
INSULIN SYRINGE 116 91 61 41
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 115 102 S3 64 79
WARFARIN SODIUM 111 109 65 31
GLIPIZIDE 110 109 66 32
ACARBOSE 108 108 67 169
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 107 94 68 199
CRESTOR 107 102 68 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 94 S3 70 12
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 103 71 93
MISOPROSTOL 103 102 72 324
BENICAR 103 91 72 87
SERTRALINE HCL 99 92 74 86
LISINOPRIL 98 70 75 4
DIGOXIN 98 97 75 95
HYDROXYZINE HCL 91 88 R 77 145
NAMENDA 90 90 78 60
PREDNISONE 90 60 78 28
MINOXIDIL 83 64 80 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 70 81 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 80 70 82 211
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 78 83 88
ZETIA 79 79 83 80
FELODIPINE ER 78 78 85 140
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 77 77 86 166
VOLTAREN 76 72 87 105
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 76 76 87 178
MECLIZINE HCL 74 74 89 130
NIFEDIPINE ER 71 62 90 21
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 67 67 91 358
PROSOL 66 63 92 48
HUMALOG 65 56 93 112
NOVOLOG 65 59 93 139
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 64 95 181
FOSRENOL 62 26 96 76
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 60 49 97 177
DEXILANT 60 48 97 75
RENVELA 59 51 99 3
ACIPHEX 59 58 99 156
LIPITOR 58 58 101 71
METOLAZONE 57 57 102 96
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 47 103 85
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 56 103 229
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 56 51 103 263
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 54 106 135
EXFORGE 53 53 107 90
PROCRIT 52 50 108 66
IBUPROFEN 50 48 109 118
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 50 50 109 218
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 Nov. 7, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.