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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,297Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 844 providers in this state and specialty

$2.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 844 providers in this state and specialty

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

87% 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

1% of this provider’s 858 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

49% of this provider’s 916 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 916 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$113 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $206 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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

$1.82M

2014

$2.08M

2015

$2.18M

2016

Number of Claims

18,154

2014

20,734

2015

19,297

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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 882

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

856

prescriptions.

223

patients, 24% of all patients

1 1
CLOPIDOGREL 700

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

679

prescriptions.

185

patients, 20% of all patients

2 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 658

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

638

prescriptions.

171

patients, 19% of all patients

3 5
TAMSULOSIN HCL 427

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

115

patients, 13% of all patients

4 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 383

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

378

prescriptions.

105

patients, 11% of all patients

5 4
PREDNISONE 358

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

353

prescriptions.

215

patients, 23% of all patients

6 26
FAMOTIDINE* 348

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

140

patients, 15% of all patients

7 32
VALSARTAN 333

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

89

patients, 10% of all patients

8 23
METFORMIN HCL 332

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

81

patients, 9% of all patients

9 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 325

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

87

patients, 9% of all patients

10 21
NAMENDA XR 322

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

322

prescriptions.

96

patients, 10% of all patients

$ 11 94
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 307

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

75

patients, 8% of all patients

12 14
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 304

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

147

patients, 16% of all patients

13 75
AZITHROMYCIN 301

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

205

patients, 22% of all patients

A 14 57
ATENOLOL 256

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

251

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

15 30
CELECOXIB 252

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

109

patients, 12% of all patients

16 54
JANUVIA 242

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

$ 17 33
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS 241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

18 51
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 229

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

103

patients, 11% of all patients

19 121
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 222

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

80

patients, 9% of all patients

20 150
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

21 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

22 44
SIMVASTATIN 210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

23 16
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

113

patients, 12% of all patients

24 156
LORAZEPAM 198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

25 50
AMOXICILLIN 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

116

patients, 13% of all patients

A 26 112
LIDOCAINE 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

70

patients, 8% of all patients

27 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

68

patients, 7% of all patients

28 22
MELOXICAM 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

92

patients, 10% of all patients

29 66
GABAPENTIN 171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

30 17
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

31 80
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

32 29
OMEPRAZOLE 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

33 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

34 48
TRAZODONE HCL 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

35 72
CREON 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

36 60
BENICAR 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

37 83
RALOXIFENE HCL 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

38 159
BRILINTA 131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

38 302
FINASTERIDE 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

40 77
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

41 76
MECLIZINE HCL 124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

69

patients, 8% of all patients

42 101
NEXIUM 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

43 39
ALLOPURINOL 116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

43 9
VOLTAREN 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

45 59
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

74

patients, 8% of all patients

46 322
IBUPROFEN 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

47 95
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

47 63
CEPHALEXIN 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

82

patients, 9% of all patients

A 49 147
CRESTOR 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

49 41
GLIPIZIDE 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

51 34
CARVEDILOL 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

51 10
LOVAZA 100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

53 331
FLUOCINONIDE 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

54 152
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

84

patients, 9% of all patients

A 55 97
LINZESS 94

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

$ 56 91
BYSTOLIC 91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

$ 57 69
ROPINIROLE HCL 89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

58 108
AZELASTINE HCL 88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

58

patients, 6% of all patients

59 210
DEXILANT 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

$ 60 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

61 61
ALPRAZOLAM 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

62 43
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

62 218
PROAIR HFA 84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

64 125
LEVOFLOXACIN 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

68

patients, 7% of all patients

A 65 82
TRAMADOL HCL 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

O 65 40
INVOKANA 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

$ 65 132
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

68 46
FUROSEMIDE 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

68 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

70 28
PROCTOZONE-HC 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

71 163
ULTICARE PEN NEEDLE 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

72 301
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

72 293
DUTASTERIDE 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

74 119
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

O 75 25
LYRICA 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

$ 76 89
AMMONIUM LACTATE 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

77 363
NIFEDIPINE ER 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

77 24
EFFIENT 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

79 368
BUMETANIDE 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

80 74
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

81 193
PROLIA 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

81 201
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

83 155
LISINOPRIL 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

84 6
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

A 85 174
ZETIA 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

86 90
ONGLYZA 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 87 243
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 87 120
MYRBETRIQ 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

$ 87 157
UNIFINE PENTIPS 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 90 171
XARELTO 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 $ 91 137
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

91 55
RESTASIS 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

93 222
URSODIOL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 93 272
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

95 84
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

95 417
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 May 8, 2014.
  • 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.