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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,592Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 90

$457K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 90

548 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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 South Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 548 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 3,625 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $115 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 South Carolina
CARVEDILOL 418 207 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 334 223 2 1
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 248 126 3 16
HYDRALAZINE HCL 235 136 4 11
BYSTOLIC 233 159 5 41
LISINOPRIL 232 120 6 3
BUMETANIDE 212 167 7 71
ALLOPURINOL 205 154 8 13
SPIRONOLACTONE 163 87 9 31
METOLAZONE 161 125 10 45
FUROSEMIDE 159 95 11 2
CALCIUM ACETATE 154 68 12 8
BENAZEPRIL HCL 140 79 13 25
SENSIPAR 137 20 14 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 128 75 15 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 126 72 16 7
NIFEDIPINE ER 118 69 17 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 103 33 S3 18 10
CHLORTHALIDONE 102 79 19 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 102 58 19 23
SIMVASTATIN 88 55 21 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 82 66 22 21
GUANFACINE HCL 78 19 R 23 66
GABAPENTIN 73 40 24 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 17 25 30
OMEPRAZOLE 66 12 26 15
FELODIPINE ER 64 49 27 130
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 40 27 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 32 29 20
DIOVAN 57 36 30 18
EXFORGE 52 42 31 81
TRAMADOL HCL 50 31 32 26
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 April 14, 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.