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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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9,356Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 114 providers in this state and specialty

$2.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 114 providers in this state and specialty

733 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older

74% 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 Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

39% of this provider’s 733 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 733 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 6%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$247 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $230 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$1.36M

2014

$1.85M

2015

$2.31M

2016

Number of Claims

8,184

2014

8,468

2015

9,356

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
CARVEDILOL 543

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

158

patients, 22% of all patients

1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 455

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

347

prescriptions.

156

patients, 21% of all patients

2 2
LISINOPRIL 443

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

160

patients, 22% of all patients

3 4
FUROSEMIDE 413

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

325

prescriptions.

134

patients, 18% of all patients

4 1
HYDRALAZINE HCL 384

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

107

patients, 15% of all patients

5 9
RENVELA 382

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

118

patients, 16% of all patients

6 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 359

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

115

patients, 16% of all patients

7 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 310

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

111

patients, 15% of all patients

8 31
SENSIPAR 304

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

9 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 298

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

84

patients, 11% of all patients

10 8
ALLOPURINOL 218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

83

patients, 11% of all patients

11 11
TERAZOSIN HCL 215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

63

patients, 9% of all patients

12 82
TORSEMIDE 172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

13 30
CEFUROXIME 168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

126

patients, 17% of all patients

A 14 128
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

66

patients, 9% of all patients

15 28
TRAMADOL HCL 150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

O 16 27
CALCITRIOL 143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

17 10
NIFEDIPINE ER 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

18 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

19 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

20 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

103

patients, 14% of all patients

A 21 54
CALCIUM ACETATE 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

22 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

23 24
SPIRONOLACTONE 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

24 29
VALSARTAN 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

24 33
LORAZEPAM 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

26 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

27 20
SERTRALINE HCL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

28 46
POTASSIUM CITRATE ER 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

29 124
FINASTERIDE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

30 96
LACTULOSE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

31 78
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

32 12
CLOPIDOGREL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

33 36
PREDNISONE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

33 18
RANITIDINE HCL 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

35 88
ULORIC 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

36 51
MINOXIDIL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 43
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

38 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

39 21
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

O 40 50
GABAPENTIN 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

40 19
OMEPRAZOLE 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

42 25
MIDODRINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

43 52
LYRICA 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

44 74
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. 14, 2012.
  • 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.