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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,681Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 749

$1.92M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 749

951 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

2% of this provider’s 951 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 951 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 20,409 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 847 771 1 1
CLOPIDOGREL 666 640 2 42
LOVAZA 611 596 3 51
PLAVIX 525 492 4 56
PREDNISONE 508 466 5 28
NAMENDA 441 440 6 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 437 404 7 45
LIDODERM 436 427 8 57
SIMVASTATIN 414 380 9 5
DIOVAN 412 395 10 14
BYSTOLIC 350 350 11 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 341 336 12 29
AVODART 341 336 12 73
CRESTOR 333 323 14 43
AZITHROMYCIN 321 295 15 65
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 319 280 16 85
FAMOTIDINE 307 278 17 35
BENICAR 306 306 18 87
JANUVIA 292 266 19 33
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 288 265 20 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 281 270 21 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 267 251 22 9
METFORMIN HCL 259 244 23 22
ATENOLOL 247 221 24 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 235 211 25 26
MELOXICAM 235 225 25 78
CELEBREX 224 223 27 54
ONGLYZA 214 201 28 179
AMOXICILLIN 210 202 29 114
LIVALO 207 194 10 30 247
NEXIUM 205 195 31 34
DEXILANT 205 205 31 75
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 199 191 R 33 109
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 197 192 34 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 185 178 35 18
EVISTA 184 184 36 123
OMEPRAZOLE 179 169 37 6
ACTONEL 178 171 38 125
ACTOS 172 171 39 70
FUROSEMIDE 166 161 40 2
PATANOL 152 151 41 150
GABAPENTIN 152 142 41 25
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 152 140 41 84
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 136 44 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 140 140 45 55
RAPAFLO 132 132 46 189
CEPHALEXIN 132 119 46 162
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 131 131 48 30
TEKTURNA 131 131 48 117
AZOR 117 117 50 158
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 113 104 51 192
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 111 109 52 166
EFFIENT 107 107 53 316
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 107 105 53 183
VOLTAREN 106 106 55 105
MECLIZINE HCL 105 100 56 130
SINGULAIR 105 105 56 99
CARVEDILOL 102 86 58 11
EXFORGE 100 100 59 90
NIFEDIPINE ER 99 90 60 21
HYDROXYZINE HCL 99 96 R 60 145
LYRICA 98 85 62 111
LISINOPRIL 97 78 63 4
AMIODARONE HCL 97 96 63 113
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 96 93 65 116
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 92 90 66 331
PROAIR HFA 90 88 67 98
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 88 78 68 222
FLUOCINONIDE 88 81 68 197
ATELVIA 86 86 70 119
GLIPIZIDE 81 75 71 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 81 78 71 31
COLCRYS 80 75 73 107
FINASTERIDE 80 66 73 131
AZELASTINE HCL 78 76 75 249
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 75 76 81
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 71 S3 77 12
SOTALOL 74 74 78 346
ALLOPURINOL 74 74 78 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 73 72 80 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 71 80 37
WELCHOL 72 64 82 175
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 70 61 83 178
PROMETHAZINE VC 67 63 R 84 358
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 55 85 110
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 62 60 86 177
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 62 62 R 86 185
IBUPROFEN 62 59 86 118
DIGOXIN 61 59 89 95
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 50 89 23
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 59 55 91 218
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 54 92 132
FENOFIBRATE 58 47 92 120
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 55 94 88
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 54 53 95 390
PEN NEEDLE 51 47 96 101
URSODIOL 51 51 96 316
ULORIC 50 50 98 72
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 8, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.