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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,456Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 749

$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 749

623 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 California
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 623 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% 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

1% of this provider’s 16,033 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,290 897 1 5
RANITIDINE HCL 791 436 2 83
OMEPRAZOLE 664 469 3 6
LISINOPRIL 620 473 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 510 380 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 509 415 6 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 479 362 7 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 474 388 8 40
METFORMIN HCL 466 354 9 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 440 296 10 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 367 296 11 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 349 321 12 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 303 256 S3 13 12
FAMOTIDINE 284 162 14 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 279 248 15 9
GABAPENTIN 256 179 16 25
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 250 158 17 38
BENAZEPRIL HCL 240 175 18 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 239 174 19 30
JANUVIA 230 160 20 33
ATENOLOL 224 121 21 20
DIOVAN 222 187 22 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214 177 23 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 111 24 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 197 139 24 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 190 109 26 24
LANTUS 178 117 27 36
OLANZAPINE 176 153 28 142
ADVAIR DISKUS 171 131 29 89
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 169 114 30 77
NAMENDA 164 154 31 60
PROAIR HFA 162 118 32 98
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 162 121 32 144
MIRTAZAPINE 157 131 34 136
RISPERIDONE 157 107 34 115
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 153 109 36 49
QVAR 152 92 37 273
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 152 90 37 85
TRAMADOL HCL 149 124 39 47
CLONIDINE HCL 149 89 39 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 148 70 41 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 111 42 31
CARVEDILOL 147 114 42 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 144 108 44 108
RENVELA 142 57 45 3
CALCITRIOL 136 72 46 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 128 128 47 55
FINASTERIDE 126 125 48 131
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 125 88 49 45
ACTOS 120 71 50 70
SENSIPAR 118 59 51 8
ALLOPURINOL 118 67 51 10
NATEGLINIDE 118 85 51 153
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 118 77 51 124
CLOPIDOGREL 117 95 55 42
KLOR-CON M20 114 101 56 262
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 112 88 57 161
NIFEDIPINE ER 112 86 57 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 110 78 59 151
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 108 94 60 62
ZETIA 107 87 61 80
GLIMEPIRIDE 106 99 62 61
PREDNISONE 106 78 62 28
NOVOLOG 103 86 64 139
SERTRALINE HCL 103 59 64 86
LEVETIRACETAM 99 72 66 149
PRANDIN 96 90 67 148
NEXIUM 94 70 68 34
HUMALOG 92 68 69 112
GLYBURIDE 89 80 R 70 103
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 89 47 70 270
SPIRIVA 89 76 70 138
CRESTOR 88 33 73 43
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 83 74 41
AVODART 86 86 74 73
VENTOLIN HFA 79 32 76 225
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 64 76 167
SUCRALFATE 76 34 78 264
CITALOPRAM HBR 74 67 79 104
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 60 80 277
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 45 81 44
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 56 82 81
EVISTA 69 69 82 123
PLAVIX 68 57 84 56
DIGOXIN 65 62 85 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 31 86 178
IBUPROFEN 62 44 87 118
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 26 88 88
MEGESTROL ACETATE 60 46 R 89 69
PRADAXA 59 46 90 293
CARBAMAZEPINE 58 31 91 315
SANTYL 57 54 92 306
CEPHALEXIN 57 49 92 162
NAPROXEN 56 22 94 160
LIPITOR 56 33 94 71
LEVEMIR 55 55 96 260
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 22 96 110
TRAZODONE HCL 54 36 98 133
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 37 98 67
LABETALOL HCL 52 38 100 45
FLUOCINONIDE 50 20 101 197
CLOTRIMAZOLE 50 30 101 218
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 May 13, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.