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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,182Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 749

$1.73M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 749

623 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

21% of this provider’s 623 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 22,580 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
SIMVASTATIN 907 799 1 5
CELEBREX 836 815 2 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 719 659 3 1
ATENOLOL 677 587 4 20
OMEPRAZOLE 663 601 5 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 561 537 6 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 522 468 7 88
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 497 457 8 85
LOVASTATIN 487 425 9 52
BENAZEPRIL HCL 479 417 10 23
PATANOL 466 441 11 150
METFORMIN HCL 425 372 12 22
AMOXICILLIN 397 347 13 114
NEXIUM 377 340 14 34
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 366 346 15 38
DIOVAN 357 355 16 14
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 347 318 R 17 109
MELOXICAM 346 320 18 78
FELODIPINE ER 339 319 19 140
CRESTOR 331 313 20 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 316 282 21 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 309 287 22 40
GEMFIBROZIL 303 249 23 129
ACTOS 289 279 24 70
TAMSULOSIN HCL 278 270 25 29
CLONIDINE HCL 250 215 26 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 250 210 26 7
ATELVIA 236 230 28 119
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 234 196 S3 29 12
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 232 222 30 201
GABAPENTIN 220 193 31 25
FUROSEMIDE 212 162 32 2
CLOPIDOGREL 204 163 33 42
PROAIR HFA 201 158 34 98
AVODART 199 186 35 73
FAMOTIDINE 196 153 36 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 195 179 37 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 193 174 38 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 193 168 38 13
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 187 180 40 77
GUANFACINE HCL 183 160 R 41 165
MEGESTROL ACETATE 181 174 R 42 69
COLCRYS 167 141 43 107
LISINOPRIL 164 140 44 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 163 143 45 9
ALLOPURINOL 151 127 46 10
CALCIUM ACETATE 146 105 47 16
CARVEDILOL 145 140 48 11
NASONEX 144 125 49 143
ACTONEL 142 142 50 125
LOPERAMIDE 142 132 50 250
MECLIZINE HCL 140 137 52 130
PLAVIX 133 115 53 56
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 132 125 54 199
SINGULAIR 129 123 55 99
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 112 56 26
NAPROXEN 125 108 57 160
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 114 57 89
NIFEDIPINE ER 122 119 59 21
DIOVAN HCT 122 109 59 68
RENVELA 121 119 61 3
TRICOR 116 100 62 137
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 116 102 62 135
AMPICILLIN TRIHYDRATE 115 108 64 303
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 102 64 27
PREDNISONE 114 83 66 28
FLOVENT HFA 113 92 67 308
DEXILANT 108 101 68 75
BENICAR 106 97 69 87
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 105 98 70 84
VENTOLIN HFA 97 88 71 225
ACARBOSE 93 93 72 169
MIRTAZAPINE 91 90 73 136
VOLTAREN 88 87 74 105
HYDROXYZINE HCL 86 75 R 75 145
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 85 81 R 76 185
ZETIA 85 67 76 80
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 80 78 55
RANITIDINE HCL 81 79 79 83
MOMETASONE FUROATE 77 69 80 287
HYDRALAZINE HCL 77 66 80 19
NAMENDA 76 67 82 60
JANUVIA 76 63 82 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 73 56 84 31
SENSIPAR 71 55 85 8
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 70 64 86 177
LACTULOSE 70 67 86 120
PROCTOZONE-HC 69 68 88 266
DIGOXIN 64 46 89 95
INDOMETHACIN 64 58 R 89 302
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 62 91 181
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 43 91 61
RAMIPRIL 59 59 93 92
LIPITOR 59 46 93 71
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 56 54 95 383
CLONIDINE 56 55 95 174
LANTUS 55 20 97 36
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 55 49 R 97 194
EXFORGE 55 45 97 90
AMIODARONE HCL 54 54 100 113
LATANOPROST 54 43 100 390
LYRICA 53 53 102 111
SERTRALINE HCL 53 42 102 86
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 53 44 S3 102 79
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 51 47 105 192
DICYCLOMINE HCL 51 47 105 255
PATADAY 51 45 105 257
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 44 108 41
ONGLYZA 50 50 108 179
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.