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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,112Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 537

$502K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 69 out of 537

306 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

0% of this provider’s 1,669 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$122 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $126 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
CALCIUM ACETATE 336 108 1 6
NIFEDIPINE ER 232 75 2 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 215 63 3 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 181 66 4 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 171 111 5 15
FUROSEMIDE 156 98 6 2
RENVELA 141 68 7 4
PROSOL 136 78 8 17
SENSIPAR 135 52 9 5
LABETALOL HCL 122 20 10 36
LISINOPRIL 106 38 11 3
SIMVASTATIN 87 31 12 12
CARVEDILOL 71 33 13 7
TRAMADOL HCL 68 25 14 31
CLOPIDOGREL 66 27 15 52
GLIPIZIDE 65 36 16 42
GABAPENTIN 58 0 17 25
PLAVIX 57 21 18 64
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 55 17 19 20
NIFEDICAL XL 54 0 20 56
LACTULOSE 53 17 21 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 0 22 22
CHLORTHALIDONE 51 42 23 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 35 24 26
CLINISOL 50 36 24 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 Jan. 29, 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.