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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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12,540Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

$931K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 121 out of 216 providers in this state and specialty

662 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

21% 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

2% of this provider’s 627 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

28% of this provider’s 662 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Opioids

23% of this provider’s 662 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $206 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$786K

2014

$768K

2015

$931K

2016

Number of Claims

11,508

2014

11,944

2015

12,540

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 834

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

800

prescriptions.

162

patients, 24% of all patients

1 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 473

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

454

prescriptions.

117

patients, 18% of all patients

2 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 439

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

434

prescriptions.

104

patients, 16% of all patients

3 4
METFORMIN HCL 433

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

417

prescriptions.

103

patients, 16% of all patients

4 20
LISINOPRIL 426

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

409

prescriptions.

107

patients, 16% of all patients

5 6
SIMVASTATIN 417

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

390

prescriptions.

99

patients, 15% of all patients

6 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 357

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

352

prescriptions.

86

patients, 13% of all patients

7 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 292

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

O 8 25
OMEPRAZOLE 286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

70

patients, 11% of all patients

9 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 257

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

56

patients, 8% of all patients

10 61
ALPRAZOLAM 237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

11 43
FUROSEMIDE 231

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

12 2
TRAMADOL HCL 204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

78

patients, 12% of all patients

O 13 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

14 11
LOVASTATIN 162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

15 88
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

16 28
GABAPENTIN 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

17 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

18 22
ATENOLOL 140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

19 30
MIRTAZAPINE 133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

20 98
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

21 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

22 191
LORAZEPAM 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

23 50
TEMAZEPAM 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

24 100
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

25 37
ALLOPURINOL 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

26 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

27 21
CLOPIDOGREL 92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

28 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

29 68
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

30 46
FENOFIBRATE* 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

31 182
DONEPEZIL HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

31 48
TRAZODONE HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

31 72
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

A 34 97
CARVEDILOL 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

35 10
SYNTHROID 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

36 93
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

36 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

38 123
AMOXICILLIN 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

A 39 112
MELOXICAM 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

40 66
DIAZEPAM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

41 196
METFORMIN HCL ER 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

42 110
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

O 43 205
JANUVIA 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

44 33
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 45 193
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

46 103
CLONAZEPAM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

46 81
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

48 35
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

48 80
NYSTATIN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

50 187
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

50 19
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

52 285
SERTRALINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

52 79
BENICAR 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 54 83
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

54 63
PAROXETINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

56 145
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 Dec. 14, 2011.
  • 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.