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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,476Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 168

$719K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 168

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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 Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,205 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $114 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 452 237 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 382 227 S3 2 18
FUROSEMIDE 266 188 3 2
SENSIPAR 258 52 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 225 94 5 12
SIMVASTATIN 211 121 6 8
RENVELA 196 52 7 4
CLONIDINE HCL 163 57 8 9
HYDRALAZINE HCL 163 96 8 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 159 78 10 10
LISINOPRIL 149 94 11 3
ALLOPURINOL 145 109 12 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132 110 13 27
LABETALOL HCL 119 53 14 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 115 71 15 44
METFORMIN HCL 114 78 16 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 112 59 17 30
DIOVAN 103 97 18 24
CARVEDILOL 100 63 19 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 100 31 19 7
PROSOL 96 58 21 22
NEXIUM 88 45 22 43
BENAZEPRIL HCL 84 49 23 109
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 82 60 24 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 60 25 53
ATENOLOL 76 46 25 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 44 27 20
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 72 34 R 28 67
KLOR-CON M20 67 43 29 56
TRAMADOL HCL 64 34 30 35
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 38 31 64
NASONEX 60 31 32 154
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 55 33 36
INDAPAMIDE 54 54 34 89
AZITHROMYCIN 50 28 35 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 12 35 16
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.