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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,596Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 37

$494K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 37

248 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 248 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 4,556 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 Kansas
ATENOLOL 309 272 1 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 302 269 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 220 212 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 207 189 4 13
CALCIUM ACETATE 148 116 5 8
SIMVASTATIN 145 107 6 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 140 123 7 25
SENSIPAR 130 31 8 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 123 69 S3 9 16
GABAPENTIN 122 98 10 22
LISINOPRIL 112 99 11 3
OMEPRAZOLE 98 57 12 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95 50 13 23
METFORMIN HCL 94 94 14 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 80 15 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 62 R 16 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 50 17 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 70 18 7
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 69 19 20
DIGOXIN 70 64 20 55
ALLOPURINOL 69 46 21 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 68 22 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 67 22 18
LANTUS 67 54 24 57
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 64 25 26
RENVELA 63 20 26 4
HUMALOG 61 41 27 60
PREMARIN 60 60 R 28 62
JANUVIA 60 46 28 62
ZETIA 57 43 30 67
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 48 31 28
PREDNISONE 50 45 32 34
CLONIDINE HCL 50 41 32 15
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 Sept. 12, 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.