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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,828Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 95

$893K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 95

207 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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 Wisconsin
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 207 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 207 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 9,519 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

62 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 Wisconsin
WARFARIN SODIUM 496 448 1 15
FUROSEMIDE 482 367 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 379 312 3 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 356 276 4 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 340 267 5 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 325 292 S3 6 23
CLOZAPINE 271 263 7 43
NAMENDA 270 269 8 44
OMEPRAZOLE 269 171 9 11
LISINOPRIL 262 154 10 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 254 229 11 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 250 250 12 41
SIMVASTATIN 249 203 13 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 246 238 14 49
SERTRALINE HCL 214 205 15 37
FENTANYL 193 150 S2 16 45
GABAPENTIN 188 117 17 30
LANTUS 183 149 18 47
MIRTAZAPINE 181 154 19 62
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 171 104 20 2
SANTYL 145 105 21 68
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 136 103 22 22
SENSIPAR 132 30 23 6
LEVETIRACETAM 129 75 24 70
ABILIFY 128 93 25 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 125 90 26 73
METFORMIN HCL 118 84 27 39
TRAZODONE HCL 110 102 28 58
DIGOXIN 110 110 28 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 91 30 25
GLYBURIDE 107 95 R 30 79
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 89 32 32
RENVELA 105 23 33 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 105 44 33 81
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 101 52 35 82
TRAMADOL HCL 97 79 36 38
PREDNISONE 96 83 37 20
NOVOLIN 70-30 94 82 38 83
CLONIDINE HCL 88 49 39 12
ATENOLOL 85 85 40 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 81 41 54
HYDROCORTISONE 77 56 42 87
ACETIC ACID 76 14 43 88
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 70 16 44 90
SEROQUEL 70 66 44 90
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 69 68 46 93
RISPERIDONE 67 49 47 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 37 48 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 49 100
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 55 49 23
AMILORIDE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 49 51 101
LAMOTRIGINE 61 33 51 101
CLOPIDOGREL 59 33 53 77
METOLAZONE 58 45 54 42
LIDODERM 57 49 55 105
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 57 42 55 105
RANITIDINE HCL 56 23 57 55
BACLOFEN 54 29 58 109
CARBAMAZEPINE 53 24 59 111
CARVEDILOL 53 32 59 21
KLOR-CON M20 53 24 59 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 41 62 114
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 Dec. 23, 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.