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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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8,506Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 808

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 808

340 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

83% 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

30% of this provider’s 340 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 265 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 340 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 8%.

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Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$120 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $184 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$748K

2012

$835K

2013

$985K

2014

$1.02M

2015

Number of Claims

7,942

2012

8,722

2013

9,045

2014

8,506

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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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
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

423

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

75

patients, 22% of all patients

1 1
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

319

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

50

patients, 15% of all patients

2 12
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

237

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

49

patients, 14% of all patients

3 2
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

225

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

4 8
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

224

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

<11 5 36
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

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

223

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

39

patients, 11% of all patients

6 16
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

218

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

40

patients, 12% of all patients

7 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

213

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

35

patients, 10% of all patients

8 14
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

9 11
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

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

182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

10 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

11 6
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

12 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

O 13 21
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

14 7
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

15 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin 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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

16 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

17 27
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

18 24
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

19 10
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

20 18
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

21 47
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

22 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

R 23 42
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

24 34
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

25 13
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

26 33
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

26 26
MINOXIDIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure that has not been controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

28 71
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

29 55
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

29 54
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

31 9
FINASTERIDE

Treats an enlarged prostate... +

Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

32 78
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

32 44
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

34 19
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

43

patients, 13% of all patients

A 34 72
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

36 40
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 36 35
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 38 29
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

38 56
TERAZOSIN HCL

Terazosin is used in men to... +

Terazosin 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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

40 53
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 41 113
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

42 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

42 28
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

44 140
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 Nov. 23, 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.