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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,611Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 749

$2.71M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 749

605 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

4% of this provider’s 605 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 21,362 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

61% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$120 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
CRESTOR 927 897 1 43
BYSTOLIC 758 739 2 64
DIOVAN 686 656 3 14
EXFORGE 662 644 10 4 90
ATELVIA 606 605 5 119
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 561 545 6 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 456 448 7 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 424 383 8 1
AVODART 410 407 9 73
CELEBREX 404 404 10 54
AZOR 373 364 11 158
CLOPIDOGREL 353 333 12 42
SIMVASTATIN 346 318 13 5
DEXILANT 338 326 14 75
ALLOPURINOL 295 285 15 10
PLAVIX 295 278 15 56
BENICAR 294 293 17 87
CARVEDILOL 293 277 18 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 292 289 19 61
NEXIUM 273 273 20 34
RAPAFLO 264 254 21 189
TRILIPIX 264 248 21 155
WELCHOL 261 261 23 175
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 258 233 24 26
RENVELA 257 188 25 3
NASONEX 257 255 25 143
GUANFACINE HCL 256 242 R 10 27 165
ACTOS 237 234 28 70
ULORIC 233 232 29 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 229 207 30 9
BUMETANIDE 229 203 30 106
TRADJENTA 216 214 10 32 224
FUROSEMIDE 212 204 33 2
JANUVIA 199 199 34 33
OMEPRAZOLE 195 184 35 6
SINGULAIR 192 179 36 99
NAMENDA 175 175 37 60
ARANESP 175 172 10 37 203
METFORMIN HCL 163 161 39 22
MELOXICAM 163 140 39 78
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 152 139 41 24
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 150 138 42 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 142 133 43 88
AMITIZA 139 130 44 152
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 136 122 45 45
SENSIPAR 135 106 46 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 134 124 47 30
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 133 111 48 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 127 110 49 89
CLONIDINE HCL 126 108 50 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 126 112 50 19
NATEGLINIDE 125 125 52 153
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 124 107 53 201
DIOVAN HCT 122 114 54 68
HECTOROL 121 121 10 55 173
LOVAZA 119 106 56 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 115 57 44
RANITIDINE HCL 115 111 57 83
TRAMADOL HCL 109 99 59 47
PEN NEEDLE 108 108 60 101
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 108 106 R 60 185
LIDODERM 103 82 62 57
LOVASTATIN 101 77 63 52
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 100 95 64 274
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 99 95 65 37
GABAPENTIN 98 69 66 25
VYTORIN 97 97 67 162
DUETACT 96 96 10 68 327
AMOXICILLIN 93 87 69 114
ZOSTAVAX 89 85 70 269
ZETIA 88 88 71 80
METFORMIN HCL ER 88 88 71 228
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 86 81 73 181
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 86 86 73 40
ACTOPLUS MET 85 85 75 340
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 84 73 76 177
ONGLYZA 83 83 77 179
AZITHROMYCIN 80 79 78 65
PROAIR HFA 80 72 78 98
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77 68 R 80 145
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 76 81 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 76 76 81 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 73 71 83 135
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 64 84 110
COLCRYS 69 67 84 107
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 69 52 84 7
TRIBENZOR 67 67 87 285
JANUMET 65 65 88 100
FAMOTIDINE 64 61 89 35
PROCRIT 64 64 89 66
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 60 89 23
ALCOHOL SWABS 63 63 92 308
BENICAR HCT 63 63 92 141
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 56 94 27
LYRICA 54 53 95 111
VOLTAREN 53 53 96 105
LISINOPRIL 53 42 96 4
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 52 R 98 69
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 52 52 98 232
AMILORIDE HCL 52 47 98 326
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 51 101 49
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 51 51 101 397
AZELASTINE HCL 51 50 101 249
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 Oct. 3, 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.