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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,424Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 844 providers in this state and specialty

$3.54M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 844 providers in this state and specialty

643 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

97% 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

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

31% of this provider’s 643 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Opioids

8% of this provider’s 643 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$145 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $206 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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

$3.68M

2014

$3.57M

2015

$3.54M

2016

Number of Claims

27,193

2014

25,938

2015

24,424

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.

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This provider received at least one payment from a pharmaceutical company related to this drug in 2016. More » This flag only appears for the top 50 most prescribed brand-name drugs in Medicare that year.

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,066

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

1,022

prescriptions.

165

patients, 26% of all patients

1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,059

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

1,000

prescriptions.

171

patients, 27% of all patients

2 1
VALSARTAN 639

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

623

prescriptions.

99

patients, 15% of all patients

3 23
TRADJENTA 626

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

611

prescriptions.

76

patients, 12% of all patients

$ 4 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 623

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

607

prescriptions.

101

patients, 16% of all patients

5 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 580

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

556

prescriptions.

109

patients, 17% of all patients

6 4
CLOPIDOGREL 572

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

572

prescriptions.

82

patients, 13% of all patients

7 31
LINZESS 542

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

537

prescriptions.

98

patients, 15% of all patients

$ 8 91
CRESTOR 542

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

537

prescriptions.

91

patients, 14% of all patients

8 41
ULORIC 499

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

478

prescriptions.

65

patients, 10% of all patients

10 $ 10 49
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 471

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

466

prescriptions.

71

patients, 11% of all patients

11 80
BYSTOLIC 423

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

423

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

12 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 388

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

383

prescriptions.

71

patients, 11% of all patients

13 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 376

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

376

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

14 44
DEXILANT 374

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

362

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

15 56
BENICAR 358

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

358

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

16 83
CARVEDILOL 322

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

17 10
RENVELA 318

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

$ 18 3
METFORMIN HCL 298

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

19 20
INVOKANA 286

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

$ 20 132
VASCEPA 265

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

21 86
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 256

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

22 63
MELOXICAM 240

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

23 66
SIMVASTATIN 238

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

24 16
GABAPENTIN 221

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

25 17
PROSOL 218

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

<11 26 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 214

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

27 110
AMLODIPINE-VALSARTAN 210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

28 202
FINASTERIDE 207

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

29 77
RANITIDINE HCL 206

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

30 70
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

31 14
CELECOXIB 203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

32 54
ARANESP 201

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

10 33 265
HYDRALAZINE HCL 200

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

34 13
RAPAFLO 200

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

34 207
OMEPRAZOLE 196

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

36 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

37 48
NAMENDA XR 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

194

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

38 94
NEXIUM 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

39 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

40 21
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

70

patients, 11% of all patients

41 75
ALLOPURINOL 181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

42 9
CLONIDINE HCL 176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

43 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

44 58
FENOFIBRIC ACID* 167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

45 188
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

46 121
NASONEX 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

47 148
CALCIUM ACETATE 160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

48 12
BUMETANIDE 157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

49 74
WELCHOL 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

50 219
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

51 52
AZOR 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

52 159
DUTASTERIDE 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

52 119
CROMOLYN SODIUM 145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

54 234
ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM 142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

55 138
FUROSEMIDE 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

56 2
JANUVIA 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

$ 57 33
ZETIA 136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

57 90
AZITHROMYCIN 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

105

patients, 16% of all patients

A 59 57
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

60 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

61 22
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 102

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

62 38
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 100

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

63 217
LOVASTATIN 97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

64 88
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

65 120
SENSIPAR 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

$ 65 7
AMOXICILLIN 95

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

A 67 112
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

68 76
COLCHICINE 91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

69 238
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

69 46
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

71 111
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

72 173
LISINOPRIL 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

73 6
UNIFINE PENTIPS 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

73 171
MOMETASONE FUROATE 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

73 213
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

$ 76 141
ALCOHOL PADS 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

77 270
ZENPEP 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

77 162
JENTADUETO 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

<11 79 299
COLCRYS 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

79 194
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

<11 81 84
MEGESTROL ACETATE 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

81 127
LYRICA 80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

$ 83 89
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

84 35
VOLTAREN 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

85 59
JARDIANCE 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

<11 86 306
SINGLE USE SWAB 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

86 198
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

88 28
PROCTOZONE-HC 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

89 163
PATADAY 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

90 124
VENTOLIN HFA 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

90 117
TRAMADOL HCL 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

O 92 40
STIOLTO RESPIMAT 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

93 380
MECLIZINE HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

93 101
RISEDRONATE SODIUM DR 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

95 387
FAMOTIDINE* 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 96 32
NATEGLINIDE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 97 164
MIRTAZAPINE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 98 98
PROLIA 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

98 201
BACLOFEN 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

98 128
CALCITRIOL 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 98 8
AMITIZA 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

$ 102 122
ACARBOSE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 103 211
VERAPAMIL ER 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 103 255
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 Oct. 3, 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.