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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,533Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 192

$2.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 192

545 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56% Patients 65 Years and Older

67% 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 North Carolina
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

5% of this provider’s 545 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 545 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 6%.

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Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$394 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $164 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$444K

2012

$1.39M

2013

$1.81M

2014

$2.18M

2015

Number of Claims

4,454

2012

5,802

2013

5,406

2014

5,533

2015

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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O

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.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

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
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

645

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

131

patients, 24% of all patients

10 1 3
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

542

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

128

patients, 23% of all patients

2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

366

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

83

patients, 15% of all patients

3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

278

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

51

patients, 9% of all patients

4 11
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

214

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

5 11
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

212

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

52

patients, 10% of all patients

6 15
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

206

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

7 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

205

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

8 17
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

9 9
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura... +

Doxazosin (Cardura, Cardura XL) is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

10 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

11 7
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

139

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

12 10
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

13 2
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

14 33
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

15 41
PROSOL 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 16 26
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

17 23
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

18 21
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

19 8
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 20 44
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

21 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

21 18
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 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 March 30, 2015.
  • 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.