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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,935Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 570

$2.76M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 570

1,018 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
33% Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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 Texas
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 1,018 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $135 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 Texas
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 3,626 1,040 521 10 1 23
PREDNISONE 1,872 564 340 10 2 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,366 568 211 3 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,109 321 203 4 1
CARVEDILOL 1,017 287 168 5 6
FAMOTIDINE* 977 180 144 6 37
OMEPRAZOLE 956 324 137 7 20
FUROSEMIDE 896 391 209 8 2
CLONIDINE HCL 835 243 137 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 683 252 113 10 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 656 230 110 11 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 629 170 182 S3 12 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 598 259 115 13 28
DIOVAN 596 268 90 14 25
NIFEDIPINE ER 594 161 119 15 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 567 149 102 16 30
NEXIUM 557 166 94 17 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 503 196 106 18 10
LANTUS 500 213 89 19 47
LISINOPRIL 495 171 99 20 3
CRESTOR 486 171 74 21 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 474 175 75 22 38
ALLOPURINOL 446 186 88 23 14
ATENOLOL 423 133 68 24 50
HYDRALAZINE HCL 413 188 83 25 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 409 162 67 26 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 400 148 55 27 21
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 399 160 68 28 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 360 59 72 29 34
CALCITRIOL 307 64 49 30 13
GABAPENTIN 301 120 67 31 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 271 121 52 32 44
GLIPIZIDE ER 249 79 45 33 77
CLOPIDOGREL 243 85 46 34 32
SENSIPAR 232 73 38 35 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 231 144 50 36 27
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 230 67 65 37 87
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 221 64 62 38 105
INSULIN SYRINGE* 190 80 57 39 90
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 189 39 41 40 60
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 186 57 47 41 97
TEMAZEPAM 184 73 50 B 42 62
ALPRAZOLAM 165 48 37 B 43 33
TRAMADOL HCL 160 54 43 44 29
HUMALOG 160 35 47 44 125
GLIPIZIDE 157 46 31 46 43
SERTRALINE HCL 151 57 28 47 51
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 151 25 53 47 128
LABETALOL HCL 150 56 31 49 40
BYSTOLIC 148 38 28 50 76
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 140 82 24 51 36
MINOXIDIL 139 26 22 52 39
METHYLDOPA 137 45 32 R 10 53 149
CITALOPRAM HBR 129 24 21 54 79
LOVAZA 126 46 18 55 92
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 44 16 56 73
HUMULIN R 123 52 32 57 139
NIFEDIAC CC 121 <11 30 10 58 156
VERAPAMIL ER 121 <11 18 58 74
DIPYRIDAMOLE 119 14 15 R 60 131
INSULIN SYRINGE* 118 49 26 61 90
NOVOLOG 115 37 35 62 99
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 113 41 88 63 57
BENICAR 112 37 26 64 100
VALCYTE 110 40 38 65 78
NIFEDICAL XL 104 25 22 66 54
MYFORTIC 104 55 18 10 66 169
CYMBALTA 103 42 17 68 88
LEVEMIR 100 33 22 69 109
NOVOLIN R 98 49 30 70 115
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 98 31 68 70 139
LYRICA 97 11 20 72 101
BUMETANIDE 85 31 20 73 52
ZETIA 85 43 17 73 119
PROMETHAZINE HCL 84 <11 38 R 75 110
CLOTRIMAZOLE 83 26 50 76 102
CLONAZEPAM 82 30 15 B 77 71
AZATHIOPRINE 80 38 18 78 177
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 78 35 12 79 56
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 77 27 29 80 122
SYNTHROID 76 42 18 81 148
LEFLUNOMIDE 75 22 14 82 142
GLIPIZIDE XL 75 23 19 82 178
PHOSPHA 250 NEUTRAL 74 42 12 10 84 179
LOVASTATIN 72 15 12 85 137
ANDROGEL 72 <11 24 S3 85 181
AZITHROMYCIN 71 26 62 87 63
HUMULIN 70-30 66 27 14 88 189
RAMIPRIL 64 37 13 89 69
DEXILANT 62 16 13 90 197
ACYCLOVIR 60 19 18 91 123
VALACYCLOVIR 59 23 20 92 201
EXFORGE 58 <11 <11 93 103
COLCRYS 58 20 16 93 159
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 20 47 95 55
FLUCONAZOLE 55 18 20 96 209
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 18 11 96 209
WELCHOL 54 <11 <11 98 215
INSULIN SYRINGE* 53 33 12 99 90
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 23 12 R 100 158
INSUPEN 50 <11 12 10 101 221
PROGRAF 50 32 11 101 221
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 Dec. 1, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.