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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,618Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 607

$1.64M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 607

711 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older

67% 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

16% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 541 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

5% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$191 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $199 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.15M

2012

$1.41M

2013

$1.57M

2014

$1.64M

2015

Number of Claims

9,114

2012

9,533

2013

9,115

2014

8,618

2015

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.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

529

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

102

patients, 14% of all patients

1 3
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

442

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

113

patients, 16% of all patients

2 4
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

379

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

338

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

87

patients, 12% of all patients

4 2
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

285

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

100

patients, 14% of all patients

5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

275

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

6 16
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

224

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

7 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

8 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

9 8
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

10 6
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

11 7
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

12 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

13 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

14 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

15 58
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

16 31
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

17 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

R 18 42
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

19 13
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

20 24
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

21 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

22 22
DILTIAZEM HCL

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

23 136
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

24 74
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

24 87
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

26 40
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

27 131
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 41
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

29 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

30 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 25
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

32 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

33 30
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

33 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

35 28
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

36 11
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

37 60
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

37 51
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

39 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 40 141
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

40 69
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

O 42 26
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

42 161
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

44 71
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 Aug. 23, 2007.
  • 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.