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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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14,247Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 24 providers in this state and specialty

$1.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 24 providers in this state and specialty

563 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older

38% 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 Iowa
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

11% of this provider’s 563 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 563 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$100 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $97 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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

$1.04M

2014

$1.3M

2015

$1.42M

2016

Number of Claims

13,389

2014

14,889

2015

14,247

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
ALLOPURINOL 734

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

623

prescriptions.

147

patients, 26% of all patients

1 3
FUROSEMIDE 704

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

581

prescriptions.

158

patients, 28% of all patients

2 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 589

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

438

prescriptions.

111

patients, 20% of all patients

3 7
CARVEDILOL 583

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

496

prescriptions.

112

patients, 20% of all patients

4 11
LISINOPRIL 549

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

471

prescriptions.

106

patients, 19% of all patients

5 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 461

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

389

prescriptions.

84

patients, 15% of all patients

6 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 429

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

83

patients, 15% of all patients

7 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 426

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

371

prescriptions.

85

patients, 15% of all patients

8 6
METFORMIN HCL 403

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

362

prescriptions.

73

patients, 13% of all patients

9 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 382

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

78

patients, 14% of all patients

10 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

11 36
SIMVASTATIN 325

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

61

patients, 11% of all patients

12 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 276

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

13 12
GABAPENTIN 254

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

49

patients, 9% of all patients

14 15
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 219

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

15 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 217

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

16 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

17 9
OMEPRAZOLE 201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

18 13
GLIPIZIDE 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

19 33
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

20 46
LANTUS 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

21 47
JANUVIA 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

22 43
TRAMADOL HCL 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

O 23 24
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

24 44
RENVELA 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

25 18
CLOPIDOGREL 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

26 31
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

27 51
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

O 28 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

29 64
NOVOLOG 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

30 62
ROPINIROLE HCL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

31 71
LEVEMIR 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

32 69
GEMFIBROZIL 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

32 80
LYRICA 93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

34 82
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

35 25
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

36 101
CALCIUM ACETATE 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

37 30
FAMOTIDINE* 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 45
MIDODRINE HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

38 40
RAMIPRIL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

38 102
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

41 26
BUMETANIDE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

41 23
ULORIC 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

<11 43 57
VICTOZA 3-PAK 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

44 104
FENOFIBRATE* 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

44 104
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

<11 46 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

47 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

48 8
PREDNISONE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

48 16
INSULIN SYRINGE* 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

50 111
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

51 14
FINASTERIDE 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

52 118
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

53 120
METOLAZONE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

54 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

55 39
TERAZOSIN HCL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

56 90
CALCITRIOL 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 56 4
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

58 32
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

58 124
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 O 58 73
LORAZEPAM 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

61 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 62 77
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

63 81
RANITIDINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 63 56
VALSARTAN 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 65 61
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 Dec. 22, 2016.
  • 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.