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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,619Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 537

$702K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 537

574 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%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 Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 574 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,037 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$125 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $126 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 Texas
RENVELA 436 179 1 4
CALCIUM ACETATE 304 146 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 299 161 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 267 187 4 2
TRAMADOL HCL 197 126 5 31
HYDRALAZINE HCL 187 84 6 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 130 45 7 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 125 51 8 27
LEVOFLOXACIN 114 68 9 60
OMEPRAZOLE 104 54 10 19
CLONIDINE HCL 98 24 11 10
ALLOPURINOL 95 74 12 14
LABETALOL HCL 94 30 13 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 62 14 114
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 90 54 15 39
LISINOPRIL 85 48 16 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 29 S3 16 8
SIMVASTATIN 82 43 18 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 74 55 19 18
SENSIPAR 73 11 20 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 70 28 21 20
NEXIUM 69 33 22 23
CARVEDILOL 69 37 22 7
GLYBURIDE 68 49 R 24 80
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 37 25 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 14 26 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 50 27 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 59 49 27 26
GLIPIZIDE 52 22 29 42
AMOXICILLIN 52 32 29 146
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 25, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.