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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,331Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 168

$579K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 168

387 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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
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this specialty
in Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 387 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 387 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,434 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$109 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $114 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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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 Virginia
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 286 203 1 1
LISINOPRIL 281 147 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 281 170 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 171 114 4 8
CARVEDILOL 161 97 5 11
ALLOPURINOL 135 101 6 13
SENSIPAR 134 57 7 5
RENVELA 132 73 8 4
CALCITRIOL 122 100 9 6
CLONIDINE HCL 111 56 10 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 111 79 10 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 108 63 12 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 66 13 10
OMEPRAZOLE 101 50 14 12
PROSOL 83 37 15 22
ATENOLOL 75 53 16 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 73 55 17 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 49 S3 18 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 42 19 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 53 20 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 52 21 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 62 27 22 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 58 23 20
RENAGEL 56 12 24 166
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 42 25 28
METFORMIN HCL 54 53 26 29
BUMETANIDE 54 31 26 34
MINOXIDIL 54 12 26 33
LANTUS 52 44 29 37
PREDNISONE 52 27 29 23
CALCIUM ACETATE 51 21 31 17
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 34 S2 32 55
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, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.