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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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17,701Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

482 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

10% of this provider’s 432 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

31% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 482 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $206 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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

$1.2M

2014

$1.33M

2015

$1.34M

2016

Number of Claims

18,378

2014

18,984

2015

17,701

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 634

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

573

prescriptions.

86

patients, 18% of all patients

1 14
FUROSEMIDE 531

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

517

prescriptions.

73

patients, 15% of all patients

2 2
SIMVASTATIN 435

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

397

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

3 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 422

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

417

prescriptions.

65

patients, 13% of all patients

4 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 361

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

5 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 358

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

6 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 342

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

342

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

7 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 338

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

50

patients, 10% of all patients

8 28
OMEPRAZOLE 303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

9 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 295

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

10 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

11 45
GABAPENTIN 262

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

12 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 261

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

13 149
LISINOPRIL 257

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

14 6
METFORMIN HCL 230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

15 20
DULOXETINE HCL 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

190

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

16 105
CLOPIDOGREL 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

16 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

18 19
MEMANTINE HCL 193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

19 92
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

O 20 25
NUEDEXTA 188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

21 180
VALSARTAN 184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

22 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

22 4
LIDOCAINE 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

24 62
CARVEDILOL 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

25 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

P 26 106
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

26 55
MIRTAZAPINE 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

28 98
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

29 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

30 46
ROPINIROLE HCL 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

31 108
TRAMADOL HCL 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

O 32 40
JANUVIA 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

33 33
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

34 63
LYRICA 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

35 89
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

36 21
MELOXICAM 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

37 66
CITALOPRAM HBR 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

38 123
VESICARE 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

39 139
ATENOLOL 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

39 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

41 37
RENVELA 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

41 3
TRAZODONE HCL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

41 72
LEVETIRACETAM 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

44 136
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

32

patients, 7% of all patients

45 189
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

45 155
HYDRALAZINE HCL 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

47 13
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

48 197
BENAZEPRIL HCL 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

49 35
LORAZEPAM 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

50 50
SERTRALINE HCL 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

51 79
RISPERIDONE 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

P 51 144
ALLOPURINOL 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

53 9
FAMOTIDINE* 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

54 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

55 143
NIFEDIPINE ER 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

55 24
TEMAZEPAM 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

55 100
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

58 52
SANTYL 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

58 257
GLIPIZIDE 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

<11 60 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

60 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

62 36
SENSIPAR 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

63 7
LEVOFLOXACIN 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

56

patients, 12% of all patients

A 64 82
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 65 38
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

65 118
VOLTAREN 72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

65 59
PREDNISONE 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

68 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

68 107
NAMENDA XR 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

<11 70 94
PRIMIDONE 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

<11 71 285
CELECOXIB 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 72 54
LACTULOSE 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

73 135
OLANZAPINE 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 P 73 153
CRESTOR 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 73 41
CLONIDINE HCL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

73 18
ALPRAZOLAM 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

77 43
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 78 68
PROAIR HFA 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

78 125
FINASTERIDE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

80 77
NEXIUM 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 80 39
AZITHROMYCIN 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

A 82 57
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 83 80
AMITIZA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 83 122
RANITIDINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

83 70
XARELTO 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 86 137
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 87 285
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 Feb. 12, 2016.
  • 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.