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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,353Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 92

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 92

698 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%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 Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 698 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 698 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 16,320 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $86 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 Kentucky
FUROSEMIDE 1,201 1,015 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 562 488 2 17
LISINOPRIL 555 445 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 542 539 4 34
SERTRALINE HCL 443 422 5 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 433 357 6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 415 378 7 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 411 403 8 45
SIMVASTATIN 411 345 8 12
NAMENDA 385 377 10 52
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 377 323 11 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 331 241 12 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 319 270 13 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 316 280 14 57
SPIRONOLACTONE 301 232 15 14
ALLOPURINOL 273 223 16 5
MIRTAZAPINE 259 241 17 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 244 195 18 18
NOVOLIN R 229 154 19 61
FENTANYL 222 178 S2 20 70
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 212 203 21 73
LANTUS 212 159 21 41
PROMETHAZINE HCL 197 146 R 23 63
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 179 160 S2 24 88
CLONIDINE HCL 171 131 25 11
EXELON 163 161 26 93
RISPERIDONE 161 113 27 95
GABAPENTIN 158 112 28 31
CARVEDILOL 157 132 29 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 157 120 29 60
PREDNISONE 154 134 31 21
BUMETANIDE 151 145 32 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 133 33 29
TRAZODONE HCL 143 124 34 102
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 136 103 35 40
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 131 119 36 104
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 130 120 37 105
KLOR-CON M20 121 89 38 44
RANITIDINE HCL 119 100 39 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 119 96 39 7
FORTICAL 116 111 41 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 96 42 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 102 S3 43 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 112 79 44 32
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 110 71 45 93
METOLAZONE 110 104 45 35
LOPERAMIDE 108 93 47 113
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 67 48 115
LEVETIRACETAM 104 43 49 116
METFORMIN HCL 103 81 50 37
NYSTATIN 97 90 51 119
OXYCODONE HCL 95 61 S2 52 123
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 91 52 123
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 94 80 54 100
ESTRADIOL 92 83 R 55 127
CLOPIDOGREL 92 76 55 38
MELOXICAM 90 77 57 129
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 87 65 58 131
ROPINIROLE HCL 86 69 59 75
TRAMADOL HCL 84 52 60 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 65 60 59
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 67 62 69
AMIODARONE HCL 83 83 62 134
BUSPIRONE HCL 82 59 64 136
CEFTRIAXONE 82 73 64 136
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 69 66 138
ATENOLOL 80 73 66 30
LABETALOL HCL 80 50 66 90
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 79 45 69 98
BUPROPION HCL SR 76 43 70 141
RENVELA 72 17 71 9
GLIPIZIDE 69 44 72 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 69 72 23
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 68 51 74 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 67 52 75 58
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 53 75 46
AZITHROMYCIN 67 57 75 82
LEVOFLOXACIN 66 57 78 151
PLAVIX 66 56 78 55
SPIRIVA 65 60 80 84
COLCRYS 65 51 80 85
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 60 82 155
LACTULOSE 62 20 83 109
MUPIROCIN 61 45 84 157
MIDODRINE HCL 60 29 85 158
PHENYTOIN 60 18 85 158
JANUVIA 60 45 85 87
LIDOCAINE HCL 59 53 88 161
BACLOFEN 59 25 88 161
GENERLAC 58 29 90 163
CYMBALTA 57 57 91 165
NOVOLOG 57 57 91 67
ZETIA 57 45 91 68
SINGULAIR 56 42 94 167
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 56 56 94 167
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 53 39 96 170
ENULOSE 53 19 96 170
ULORIC 51 40 98 54
NEXIUM 51 29 98 51
CALCIUM ACETATE 51 21 98 10
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 15 101 176
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 April 25, 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.