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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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11,795Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

$733K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 205 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

375 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older

93% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

12% of this provider’s 319 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

46% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $206 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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

$769K

2014

$780K

2015

$733K

2016

Number of Claims

12,963

2014

11,474

2015

11,795

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
VALSARTAN 489

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

450

prescriptions.

82

patients, 22% of all patients

1 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 446

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

416

prescriptions.

65

patients, 17% of all patients

2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 396

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

54

patients, 14% of all patients

3 1
FUROSEMIDE 394

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

60

patients, 16% of all patients

4 2
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 341

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

64

patients, 17% of all patients

5 22
SIMVASTATIN 340

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

50

patients, 13% of all patients

6 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 312

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

41

patients, 11% of all patients

7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

44

patients, 12% of all patients

8 11
FAMOTIDINE* 248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

9 32
CLOPIDOGREL 243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

10 31
CARVEDILOL 213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

11 10
METFORMIN HCL 210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

33

patients, 9% of all patients

12 20
NEXIUM 178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

13 39
GABAPENTIN 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

14 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

O 15 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

P 16 106
TAMSULOSIN HCL 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

17 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

18 123
RISPERIDONE 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

P 19 144
NOVOLIN R 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

20 221
OMEPRAZOLE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

21 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

22 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

23 52
MEMANTINE HCL 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

24 92
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

24 28
LIDOCAINE 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

26 62
MONOJECT INSULIN SAFETY SYRNG 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

10 27 328
LORAZEPAM 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

28 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

29 45
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

30 14
AMIODARONE HCL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

31 131
LEVOFLOXACIN 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

75

patients, 20% of all patients

A 32 82
LISINOPRIL 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

33 6
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

34 63
SERTRALINE HCL 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

<11 35 79
HUMULIN R 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

36 291
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

37 46
CALCIUM ACETATE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

38 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 39 149
XARELTO 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

40 137
TRAMADOL HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

O 41 40
JANTOVEN 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 42 311
CLONIDINE HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

42 18
ATENOLOL 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 44 30
NIFEDIPINE ER 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 44 24
JANUVIA 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 46 33
TEMAZEPAM 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

46 100
PROTONIX 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 48 376
ALPRAZOLAM 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

49 43
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 50 68
LEVETIRACETAM 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 51 136
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

51 13
NAMENDA XR 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 53 94
LATANOPROST 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 53 242
LYRICA 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 53 89
CELECOXIB 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

56 54
VANCOMYCIN HCL* 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

A 56 408
AZILECT 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 58 413
MELOXICAM 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 59 66
MIRTAZAPINE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 59 98
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 July 8, 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.