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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,176Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills
$1.19M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions
551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69% Patients 65 Years and Older

75% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients


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

$1.32M

2014

$1.62M

2015

$1.19M

2016

Number of Claims

7,833

2014

7,451

2015

5,176

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.

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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.

Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 482

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

399

prescriptions.

106

patients, 19% of all patients

CALCITRIOL 323

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

72

patients, 13% of all patients

DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 306

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

71

patients, 13% of all patients

HYDRALAZINE HCL 243

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

FUROSEMIDE 243

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

58

patients, 11% of all patients

SENSIPAR 186

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

METOLAZONE 160

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

LISINOPRIL 158

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

CLONIDINE HCL 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

PARICALCITOL 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

NIFEDIPINE ER 97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

ALLOPURINOL 88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

CARVEDILOL 86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

CALCIUM ACETATE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

RENVELA 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

ULORIC 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

CHLORTHALIDONE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

FAMOTIDINE* 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

VERAPAMIL ER 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

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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 June 19, 2013.
  • 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.