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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,216Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 570

$706K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 570

545 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58% Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Texas
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 545 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$114 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $135 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Texas
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 553 332 140 1 1
LISINOPRIL 521 284 163 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 497 348 167 3 2
CALCITRIOL 394 323 116 4 13
CARVEDILOL 343 157 90 5 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 249 171 66 6 10
SIMVASTATIN 247 143 74 7 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 150 72 8 18
CALCIUM ACETATE 205 47 45 9 7
RENVELA 204 55 39 10 4
ALLOPURINOL 172 114 53 11 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 166 88 49 12 8
NOVOLIN 70-30 126 86 49 13 108
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 101 82 36 14 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 89 54 23 15 9
SENSIPAR 89 26 14 15 5
KLOR-CON M10 86 55 31 17 146
RANITIDINE HCL 83 30 22 18 70
ARANESP 82 77* 24 19 176
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 80 <11 <11 20 17
CLONIDINE HCL 78 28 17 21 11
ULTRA COMFORT* 60 55* 17 22 200
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 51* 13 23 72
NEXIUM 54 <11 <11 24 26
LABETALOL HCL 54 16 15 24 40
TOPROL XL 50 45* 22 26 221
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Feb. 4, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.