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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,080Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 133

$971K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 133

300 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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 Maryland
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$160 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $139 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 Maryland
BYSTOLIC 355 288 70 1 33
SENSIPAR 202 39 29 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 201 169 51 3 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 181 48 4 27
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 189 163 42 5 26
ALLOPURINOL 186 156 40 6 14
NIFEDIPINE ER 184 124 45 7 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 161 140 28 8 18
LABETALOL HCL 152 85 36 9 25
RENVELA 149 61 39 10 4
CLONIDINE HCL 143 66 31 11 10
CARVEDILOL 119 87 20 12 11
TRAMADOL HCL 116 78 32 13 23
ZEMPLAR 112 79 22 14 73
NIFEDICAL XL 96 73 20 15 63
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 76 24 16 19
LORAZEPAM 93 69 21 B 17 51
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 83 68 23 18 1
CALCIUM ACETATE 82 29 21 19 8
LISINOPRIL 80 61 21 20 2
CRESTOR 77 72* 13 21 48
SIMVASTATIN 77 38 17 21 15
OMEPRAZOLE 76 32 15 23 22
CALCITRIOL 68 55 14 24 6
ULORIC 62 39 13 25 94
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 25 15 26 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 59 <11 <11 27 13
AZITHROMYCIN 58 36 39 28 64
TEMAZEPAM 58 42 17 B 28 79
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 <11 <11 30 29
COLCRYS 57 36 15 30 129
CLOPIDOGREL 57 <11 <11 30 30
METHYLDOPA 56 56 16 R 33 131
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 54 31 11 34 7
DIOVAN 54 <11 <11 34 43
IRBESARTAN 53 25 14 36 134
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 42 14 36 12
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 April 20, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.