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Prescriber Checkup

RAFAEL ESQUENAZI MD FACP FASN

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,851Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 537

$1.7M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 537

422 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
43%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 1,777 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$290 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $126 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 926 280 10 1 4
SENSIPAR 434 110 2 5
CLONIDINE HCL 384 91 3 10
LISINOPRIL 336 127 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 246 71 5 1
CARVEDILOL 199 44 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 163 58 7 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 160 43 8 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 134 24 9 9
CALCIUM ACETATE 119 42 10 6
FUROSEMIDE 107 63 11 2
MINOXIDIL 105 29 12 34
NIFEDIPINE ER 104 13 13 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 23 14 33
OMEPRAZOLE 77 17 15 19
RENAGEL 75 15 16 140
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 68 15 17 37
LABETALOL HCL 66 0 18 36
CLOPIDOGREL 63 19 19 52
DIOVAN 61 30 20 24
ALLOPURINOL 60 53 21 14
NEXIUM 59 12 22 23
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE 57 28 23 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 39 24 15
FOSRENOL 51 0 25 91
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 16 26 20
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. 8, 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.