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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,173Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 226

$602K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 226

636 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 Georgia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 636 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,372 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $106 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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 Georgia
HYDRALAZINE HCL 558 335 1 5
CALCITRIOL 505 432 2 8
FUROSEMIDE 483 328 3 2
LISINOPRIL 480 279 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 457 334 5 1
CLONIDINE HCL 279 143 6 12
DIOVAN 229 171 7 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 222 117 8 9
NIFEDIPINE ER 211 123 9 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 178 141 10 25
RENVELA 167 64 11 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 161 123 12 13
SENSIPAR 135 48 13 6
SIMVASTATIN 134 79 14 10
CALCIUM ACETATE 126 42 15 14
MINOXIDIL 119 49 16 34
OMEPRAZOLE 94 28 17 16
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 93 52 18 19
ZEMPLAR 85 61 19 36
NEXIUM 85 32 19 26
KLOR-CON M10 81 69 21 144
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 69 22 22
NIFEDICAL XL 80 48 22 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 77 45 24 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 58 25 20
CLINISOL 74 33 26 43
MICARDIS 70 43 27 179
CARVEDILOL 64 40 28 7
LABETALOL HCL 62 20 29 31
KLOR-CON M20 52 26 30 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 17 30 45
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.