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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,855Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 168

$416K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 168

319 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

3% of this provider’s 319 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 319 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,669 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $114 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
CARVEDILOL 292 224 1 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 194 123 2 64
SPIRONOLACTONE 164 120 3 25
TRAMADOL HCL 163 106 4 35
OMEPRAZOLE 159 96 5 12
LISINOPRIL 156 134 6 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 155 65 S3 7 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 152 106 8 10
JANUVIA 150 111 9 46
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 149 92 10 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 137 80 11 1
SIMVASTATIN 134 100 12 8
GABAPENTIN 125 61 13 26
RANITIDINE HCL 121 66 14 51
FUROSEMIDE 115 96 15 2
TOPIRAMATE 108 52 16 79
GLIMEPIRIDE 106 78 17 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 79 18 53
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 80 56 19 21
BYSTOLIC 77 68 20 109
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77 16 R 20 115
MELOXICAM 75 31 22 71
SINGULAIR 73 58 23 103
NEXIUM 72 24 24 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 63 25 36
ALLOPURINOL 68 57 26 13
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 63 27 R 27 67
PREDNISONE 59 46 28 23
METFORMIN HCL 56 33 29 29
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 36 30 123
CALCITRIOL 55 49 30 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 25 32 19
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 Nov. 5, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.