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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,595Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

535 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older

97% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

5% of this provider’s 425 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

21% of this provider’s 535 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Opioids

19% of this provider’s 535 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$104 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $206 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.48M

2014

$1.42M

2015

$1.41M

2016

Number of Claims

17,160

2014

15,526

2015

13,595

2016

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

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 Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 506

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

417

prescriptions.

107

patients, 20% of all patients

1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 419

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

393

prescriptions.

58

patients, 11% of all patients

2 14
OMEPRAZOLE 353

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

66

patients, 12% of all patients

3 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 352

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

306

prescriptions.

77

patients, 14% of all patients

4 1
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 349

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

74

patients, 14% of all patients

5 22
FUROSEMIDE 348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

84

patients, 16% of all patients

6 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 312

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

67

patients, 13% of all patients

7 4
SIMVASTATIN 283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

50

patients, 9% of all patients

8 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 263

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

9 11
CARVEDILOL 238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

10 10
GABAPENTIN 214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

11 17
CLONIDINE HCL 198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

12 18
RENVELA 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

13 3
CLOPIDOGREL 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

14 31
METFORMIN HCL 174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

15 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

59

patients, 11% of all patients

O 16 25
ALLOPURINOL 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

17 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

18 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

46

patients, 9% of all patients

19 46
JANUVIA 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

20 33
LISINOPRIL 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

21 6
HYDRALAZINE HCL 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

22 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

23 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

24 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

25 28
FAMOTIDINE* 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

26 32
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

27 118
ZETIA 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

28 90
CALCIUM ACETATE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

29 12
LEVETIRACETAM 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

29 136
SENSIPAR 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

31 7
MEMANTINE HCL 121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

31 92
LORAZEPAM 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

33 50
VALSARTAN 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

34 23
NIFEDIPINE ER 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

35 24
FENOFIBRATE* 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

36 130
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

37 76
TRAMADOL HCL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

O 38 40
BENAZEPRIL HCL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

39 35
XARELTO 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

<11 40 137
NEXIUM 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

41 39
MELOXICAM 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

42 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

43 48
ONDANSETRON HCL* 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

43 179
AMIODARONE HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

45 131
AMITIZA 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

46 122
GLIPIZIDE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

47 34
FINASTERIDE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

47 77
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

49 52
CALCITRIOL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

<11 50 8
ATENOLOL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

51 30
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

51 111
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

53 143
CRESTOR 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

53 41
IBUPROFEN 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

55 95
GLIMEPIRIDE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 56 58
LANTUS 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

56 71
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 56 141
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

59 189
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 P 60 106
LEVOFLOXACIN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

50

patients, 9% of all patients

A 61 82
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

62 173
NITROSTAT 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

63 181
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 64 44
PREDNISONE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

65 26
DEXILANT 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 65 56
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 67 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 68 36
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. The data for 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Dec. 6, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.