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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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6,225Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

$865K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 33 providers in this state and specialty

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

40% 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 Arizona
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 472 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

14% of this provider’s 595 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

8% of this provider’s 595 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$139 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $152 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$931K

2014

$1.04M

2015

$865K

2016

Number of Claims

6,983

2014

7,248

2015

6,225

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
FUROSEMIDE 410

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

104

patients, 17% of all patients

1 1
CALCITRIOL 341

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

88

patients, 15% of all patients

2 4
RENVELA 262

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

3 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 234

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

59

patients, 10% of all patients

4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 233

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 213

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

6 10
SENSIPAR 179

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

7 9
HYDRALAZINE HCL 146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

8 7
LISINOPRIL 141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

9 3
GABAPENTIN 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

10 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

11 28
SIMVASTATIN 113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

12 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

13 20
ALLOPURINOL 105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

14 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

15 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

16 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

17 25
TRAMADOL HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

O 18 44
CALCIUM ACETATE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

19 12
CLONIDINE HCL 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

19 19
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

A 21 55
CLOPIDOGREL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

22 69
TEMAZEPAM 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

23 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

24 14
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

25 24
NIFEDICAL XL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 26 56
OMEPRAZOLE 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

27 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

28 13
FLUCONAZOLE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

29 15
VALSARTAN 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

30 29
PREDNISONE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

31 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

32 65
ATENOLOL 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 41
ALPRAZOLAM 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 34 51
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 Oct. 11, 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.