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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,618Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 91

$2.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 91

848 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older

48% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in South Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 599 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

23% of this provider’s 848 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 599 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

8% of this provider’s 848 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 11%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$177 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $191 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$937K

2012

$1.17M

2013

$1.99M

2014

$2.23M

2015

Number of Claims

12,208

2012

13,166

2013

13,639

2014

12,618

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

841

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

537

prescriptions.

174

patients, 21% of all patients

1 1
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

814

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

561

prescriptions.

198

patients, 23% of all patients

2 2
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

Benazepril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

517

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

110

patients, 13% of all patients

3 29
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

420

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

103

patients, 12% of all patients

4 4
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

413

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

83

patients, 10% of all patients

5 12
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

Labetalol is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

308

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

66

patients, 8% of all patients

6 38
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

75

patients, 9% of all patients

7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

301

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

59

patients, 7% of all patients

8 11
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

9 13
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

10 3
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

221

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

11 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

12 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

R 13 41
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

14 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

200

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

15 36
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

16 15
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

17 27
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

O 18 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

19 10
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

20 19
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

21 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

O 22 24
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

23 103
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

24 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

25 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

80

patients, 9% of all patients

A 26 67
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

58

patients, 7% of all patients

A 26 55
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

28 89
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

29 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

30 9
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

31 33
GUANFACINE HCL 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

R 32 77
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

33 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

34 42
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

35 6
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

35 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

37 28
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

38 58
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

39 22
COLCHICINE

Prevent or treat attacks of... +

Prevent or treat attacks of gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

40 79
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

40 8
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

40 53
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

40 40
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

44 37
MINOXIDIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure that has not been controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

45 44
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

46 64
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

47 49
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

A 48 87
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

49 39
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

50 102
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

51 90
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 52 88
COLCRYS

Used to prevent gout attack... +

Used to prevent gout attacks (sudden, severe pain in one or more joints caused by abnormally high levels of a substance called uric acid in the blood) in adults, and to relieve the pain of gout attacks when they occur. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

53 108
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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. 15, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.