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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,979Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 769

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 769

398 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60% Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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 California
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 398 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$197 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $121 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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 California
RENVELA 601 193 108 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 295 216 77 2 2
SENSIPAR 220 86 42 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 195 108 44 4 1
ALLOPURINOL 161 122 33 5 12
LISINOPRIL 161 77 39 5 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 72 30 7 10
DIOVAN 147 91 24 8 19
DOXEPIN HCL 121 49 37 9 253
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 119 96 18 10 13
CALCIUM ACETATE 110 56 21 11 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 109 65 25 12 40
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 106 32 19 13 24
CLONIDINE HCL 105 26 22 14 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 104 69 11 15 39
DEXILANT 102 25 21 16 70
OMEPRAZOLE 99 48 19 17 8
CARVEDILOL 95 48 21 18 11
ULORIC 95 75 24 18 60
PROSOL 80 <11 <11 20 53
DEXTROSE IN WATER 79 <11 <11 21 131
GABAPENTIN 78 21 19 22 21
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 78 39 23 22 104
NEXIUM 75 <11 <11 24 34
FOSRENOL 74 28 12 25 95
ATENOLOL 73 29 14 26 23
TORSEMIDE 73 41 24 26 91
MEGESTROL ACETATE 71 56 22 R 28 71
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 71 25 14 28 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 19 15 30 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 69 64* 20 31 36
AZITHROMYCIN 69 32 49 31 63
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 67 20 25 33 244
MINOXIDIL 67 <11 11 33 59
CLOPIDOGREL 65 53 14 35 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 61 47 15 36 58
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 22 17 36 106
PREDNISONE 54 16 17 38 30
LORAZEPAM 53 22 13 B 39 54
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 27 39 40 92
NIASPAN 50 <11 <11 40 187
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 13 23 S3 40 15
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 July 16, 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.