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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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15,540Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

$1.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

509 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77% Patients 65 Years and Older

74% 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

7% of this provider’s 392 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

36% of this provider’s 509 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Opioids

29% of this provider’s 509 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 26%.

Prescription Price

$101 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

$1.42M

2014

$1.33M

2015

$1.57M

2016

Number of Claims

16,100

2014

15,322

2015

15,540

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 504

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

88

patients, 17% of all patients

1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 455

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

68

patients, 13% of all patients

2 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 439

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

78

patients, 15% of all patients

O 3 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 363

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

77

patients, 15% of all patients

4 5
FUROSEMIDE 327

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

275

prescriptions.

60

patients, 12% of all patients

5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 306

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

6 15
GABAPENTIN 291

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

53

patients, 10% of all patients

7 17
LISINOPRIL 286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

50

patients, 10% of all patients

8 6
METFORMIN HCL 241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

51

patients, 10% of all patients

9 20
SIMVASTATIN 238

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

54

patients, 11% of all patients

10 16
CARVEDILOL 234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

11 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

36

patients, 7% of all patients

12 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

13 22
RENVELA 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

14 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

15 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

16 4
TRAMADOL HCL 180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

O 17 40
PROSOL 174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

<11 18 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

18 48
FAMOTIDINE* 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

20 32
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

O 21 114
JANUVIA 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

22 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

23 11
CLOPIDOGREL 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

24 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

25 44
ALLOPURINOL 126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

26 9
LORAZEPAM 122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

27 50
CALCIUM ACETATE 120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

28 12
AZITHROMYCIN 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

79

patients, 16% of all patients

A 29 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

P 30 106
ALPRAZOLAM 111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

31 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

32 21
MEMANTINE HCL 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

33 92
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

34 37
LANTUS 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

35 71
ATENOLOL 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

36 30
SPIRONOLACTONE 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

37 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

38 46
FINASTERIDE 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

39 77
GLIPIZIDE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

40 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

41 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

42 55
CLONIDINE HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

42 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

42 35
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

45 63
RISPERIDONE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 P 46 144
BACLOFEN 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

47 128
BUSPIRONE HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 47 269
MIDODRINE HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

47 109
TRAZODONE HCL 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

50 72
MIRTAZAPINE 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

50 98
ONDANSETRON HCL* 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

52 179
CHLORTHALIDONE 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

53 67
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 54 68
VALSARTAN 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

54 23
TEMAZEPAM 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

56 100
RANITIDINE HCL 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

57 70
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

57 239
ELIQUIS 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

59 129
TRADJENTA 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

59 78
MELOXICAM 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 61 66
CLONAZEPAM 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 62 81
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 63 376
WARFARIN SODIUM 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 64 45
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 65 189
PREDNISONE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

65 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

67 107
DIAZEPAM 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 68 196
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 68 197
LEVOFLOXACIN 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

A 70 82
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

71 251
PENTOXIFYLLINE 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 72 228
LYRICA 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

73 89
CARBAMAZEPINE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 73 397
PROAIR HFA 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

75 125
HUMALOG 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

76 219
NAMENDA XR 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 77 94
PRADAXA 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 77 408
LACTULOSE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

77 135
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 80 413
LIDOCAINE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

81 62
AMIODARONE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 81 131
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 Nov. 15, 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.