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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,038Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 749

$1.83M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 749

617 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

7% of this provider’s 617 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,991 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

$140 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
FUROSEMIDE 534 498 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 502 419 2 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 495 434 3 9
ALLOPURINOL 494 420 4 10
CARVEDILOL 397 314 5 11
DIOVAN 326 283 6 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 321 264 7 13
RENVELA 306 220 8 3
SENSIPAR 266 151 9 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 243 191 10 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 202 186 11 61
EVISTA 195 195 12 123
FENOFIBRATE 195 133 12 120
CALCITRIOL 193 183 14 17
PROCRIT 191 182 15 66
OMEPRAZOLE 182 156 16 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 175 160 17 1
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 169 160 18 40
FAMOTIDINE 166 124 19 35
BENAZEPRIL HCL 160 127 20 23
CALCIUM ACETATE 145 91 21 16
COLCRYS 140 127 22 107
LANTUS 137 124 23 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 118 24 29
INSULIN SYRINGE 127 106 25 41
NIFEDIPINE ER 124 90 26 21
LISINOPRIL 122 102 27 4
SULINDAC 114 94 28 240
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 111 99 29 37
CLONIDINE HCL 108 79 30 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 104 88 31 19
KLOR-CON 8 104 92 31 159
PEN NEEDLE 103 95 33 101
TRAVASOL 103 44 10 33 128
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 89 35 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 57 S3 36 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 100 73 36 7
ATENOLOL 94 90 38 20
LOVASTATIN 87 75 39 52
PRANDIN 87 87 39 148
NAMENDA 87 87 39 60
PROMETHAZINE HCL 85 59 R 42 275
TEKTURNA 85 75 42 117
ULORIC 85 85 42 72
ZETIA 84 81 45 80
PLAVIX 84 64 45 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 70 47 30
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 81 76 48 85
NEXIUM 81 72 48 34
CLOPIDOGREL 80 57 50 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 67 51 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 73 52 55
MINOXIDIL 72 60 53 59
DILTIAZEM ER 68 56 54 126
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 66 55 26
AVODART 66 61 56 73
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 55 56 27
LEVETIRACETAM 66 54 56 149
JANUVIA 62 59 59 33
TRAMADOL HCL 62 53 59 47
MIDODRINE HCL 62 46 59 226
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 61 62 45
AZITHROMYCIN 60 41 63 65
CLINISOL 57 38 64 39
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 46 R 65 145
LIPITOR 56 53 65 71
NIFEDIAC CC 55 45 67 171
GEMFIBROZIL 54 42 68 129
TRICOR 52 48 69 137
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 51 47 70 289
GABAPENTIN 51 38 70 25
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 48 72 110
LIDODERM 50 50 72 57
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. 4, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.