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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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53,119Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 749

$6.26M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 749

558 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 558 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 558 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 52,123 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

61% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$118 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

95 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
NEXIUM 1,986 1,941 10 1 34
LIDODERM 1,679 1,627 10 2 57
BYSTOLIC 1,134 1,106 10 3 64
CELEBREX 1,033 1,007 4 54
CRESTOR 1,021 1,004 5 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 963 954 6 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 769 741 7 18
ZETIA 748 743 10 8 80
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 702 679 10 9 77
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 680 679 10 13
DIOVAN 665 620 11 14
VESICARE 639 639 10 12 134
DEXILANT 631 614 13 75
LOVAZA 627 620 14 51
FUROSEMIDE 625 609 15 2
JANUMET 610 610 16 100
DIOVAN HCT 604 583 17 68
NAMENDA 572 561 18 60
ATENOLOL 531 497 19 20
PLAVIX 524 519 20 56
VOLTAREN 521 510 21 105
CREON 469 469 22 97
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 452 433 23 1
TEKTURNA 447 447 10 24 117
TRAMADOL HCL 445 442 25 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 443 439 26 89
AMITIZA 436 436 10 27 152
MECLIZINE HCL 430 430 28 130
TORSEMIDE 422 421 29 94
PENNSAID 412 409 10 30 187
JANUVIA 408 403 31 33
CYMBALTA 402 400 32 127
SYNTHROID 401 401 33 82
SINGULAIR 395 391 34 99
EXELON 388 388 35 193
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 384 384 36 93
GABAPENTIN 382 376 37 25
CLOPIDOGREL 371 364 38 42
GLIMEPIRIDE 367 367 39 61
SIMVASTATIN 362 362 40 5
NIFEDIPINE ER 362 358 40 21
MELOXICAM 341 328 42 78
ULORIC 339 339 10 43 72
METFORMIN HCL 338 327 44 22
OLANZAPINE 332 326 45 142
TAMSULOSIN HCL 328 328 46 29
EDARBI 325 325 10 47 215
RANITIDINE HCL 324 324 48 83
VYTORIN 308 308 10 49 162
ROPINIROLE HCL 307 297 50 132
AVODART 300 300 51 73
NASONEX 300 298 51 143
ACIPHEX 296 296 53 156
DONEPEZIL HCL 293 293 54 55
ALLOPURINOL 292 287 55 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 287 270 S3 56 12
BENICAR HCT 274 274 57 141
CARVEDILOL 269 256 58 11
SERTRALINE HCL 269 264 58 86
LEXAPRO 262 262 60 195
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 260 260 61 45
BENICAR 258 249 62 87
OMEPRAZOLE 253 247 63 6
PREMARIN 248 248 R 64 182
IBUPROFEN 248 238 64 118
CAPTOPRIL 240 240 66 210
LYRICA 233 223 67 111
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 232 232 68 108
LIPITOR 230 230 69 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 228 218 70 31
EVISTA 224 222 71 123
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 223 218 72 7
ACTONEL 222 222 73 125
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 213 203 74 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 211 211 75 40
LANTUS 210 190 76 36
SPIRIVA 207 207 77 138
AMIODARONE HCL 207 207 77 113
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 204 202 79 26
LABETALOL HCL 195 193 80 45
ABILIFY 195 192 80 204
ZALEPLON 190 182 10 82 256
NITROSTAT 187 185 83 236
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 186 174 84 213
TRICOR 178 170 85 137
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 177 177 86 49
MICARDIS 173 173 87 212
LEVOFLOXACIN 171 167 88 81
MICARDIS HCT 167 167 89 221
FLECTOR 167 167 89 196
IMIPRAMINE HCL 167 167 R 89 265
LUNESTA 157 151 92 243
LANSOPRAZOLE 154 154 93 207
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 145 145 94 9
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 145 141 94 181
ENABLEX 142 142 96 276
PROAIR HFA 139 138 97 98
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 138 136 S3 98 79
COLCRYS 138 138 98 107
PATADAY 137 137 100 257
DETROL LA 135 133 101 279
ZENPEP 135 135 101 157
SOLARAZE 135 130 101 258
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 134 134 104 37
TEKTURNA HCT 134 134 10 104 281
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 133 133 R 106 194
AZITHROMYCIN 132 127 107 65
AMTURNIDE 128 124 10 108 285
KLOR-CON 8 126 126 109 159
LISINOPRIL 125 123 110 4
LACTULOSE 125 125 110 120
ACTOS 124 124 112 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 124 124 112 88
RANEXA 122 122 114 259
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 122 103 114 260
BYDUREON 122 120 114 291
NITROLINGUAL 122 118 10 114 291
VICTOZA 3-PAK 120 120 118 230
EDARBYCLOR 119 119 10 119 298
SURE COMFORT 119 111 119 184
TRILIPIX 119 119 119 155
DIGOXIN 115 115 122 95
LEVOXYL 115 107 122 243
FLUOCINONIDE 114 114 124 197
VICTOZA 2-PAK 114 114 124 306
SEROQUEL XR 113 112 126 308
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 111 127 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 110 110 128 124
UNIFINE PENTIPS 110 103 128 312
COMBIVENT 108 108 130 233
BACLOFEN 107 107 131 188
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 106 106 132 318
SEROQUEL 104 104 133 220
ARTHROTEC 75 104 104 10 133 320
SINGLE USE SWAB 104 104 133 200
SPS 103 103 136 198
BENAZEPRIL HCL 103 103 136 23
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 102 102 138 183
TOPIRAMATE 100 100 139 271
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 100 100 139 135
PROPRANOLOL HCL 99 99 141 240
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 99 99 141 116
TERAZOSIN HCL 98 98 143 58
SYMBICORT 98 98 143 268
PROCTOZONE-HC 97 97 145 266
TWYNSTA 96 96 10 146 327
PAROXETINE HCL 96 96 146 122
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 95 95 148 85
CHLORTHALIDONE 94 94 149 91
HYDROXYZINE HCL 92 85 R 150 145
PATANASE 92 91 150 331
PATANOL 92 92 150 150
CALCITRIOL 92 79 150 17
INSULIN SYRINGE 88 79 154 41
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 87 87 155 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 85 156 44
ZEMPLAR 85 85 156 63
DICYCLOMINE HCL 84 83 158 255
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 83 83 159 272
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 82 82 160 279
EXFORGE HCT 81 81 161 342
RAMIPRIL 80 80 162 92
AGGRENOX 79 79 163 238
WELCHOL 79 79 163 175
CITALOPRAM HBR 78 78 165 104
FAMOTIDINE 78 78 165 35
CILOSTAZOL 78 78 165 240
MIDODRINE HCL 77 60 168 226
AZELASTINE HCL 75 75 169 249
NAPROXEN 75 69 169 160
MAXALT 73 66 171 349
KOMBIGLYZE XR 73 72 171 349
ZOVIRAX 72 62 173 352
ASTEPRO 72 72 173 352
ROZEREM 72 72 10 173 352
TRADJENTA 71 71 176 224
BYETTA 71 61 176 289
KRISTALOSE 71 71 10 176 355
SAVELLA 70 70 179 356
EXFORGE 70 70 179 90
METRONIDAZOLE 69 62 181 254
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 68 182 74
LEVEMIR 67 67 183 260
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 65 65 184 263
PEN NEEDLE 65 65 184 101
ALFUZOSIN HCL 64 64 186 363
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 63 187 62
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 61 61 188 199
HYDROCORTISONE 61 57 188 295
TRIBENZOR 61 61 188 285
ATELVIA 61 61 188 119
BONIVA 60 60 192 231
MUPIROCIN 60 60 192 375
FELODIPINE ER 59 59 194 140
ATROVENT HFA 59 59 194 295
URSODIOL 56 56 196 316
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 56 56 196 222
ZYPREXA 55 55 198 387
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 53 198 288
NYSTATIN 54 54 200 176
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 53 53 201 277
COUMADIN 52 52 202 313
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 51 203 166
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 51 51 203 274
METHYLDOPA 51 51 R 203 295
MOMETASONE FUROATE 50 50 206 287
HUMALOG 50 37 206 112
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 5, 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.