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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Nephrology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,669Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 232

$2.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 232

694 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in New Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,199 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 34%.

Prescription Price

$219 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $121 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New Jersey
RENVELA 1,707 1,523 10 1 4
ALLOPURINOL 913 831 10 2 14
ZEMPLAR 769 706 10 3 21
FUROSEMIDE 403 375 4 2
SENSIPAR 293 183 5 6
HECTOROL 262 246 10 6 62
LOVAZA 211 153 7 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 128 8 9
FOSRENOL 150 105 10 9 103
ULORIC 148 117 10 72
SIMVASTATIN 146 140 11 3
METOLAZONE 116 113 12 129
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 113 103 13 1
CARVEDILOL 106 78 14 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 105 103 15 29
CRESTOR 99 83 16 28
TERAZOSIN HCL 97 83 17 79
LIPITOR 91 66 18 63
VITAMIN D2 88 88 19 148
OMEPRAZOLE 81 53 20 15
BENICAR 80 72 21 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 77 72 22 38
ACTOS 73 67 23 107
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 56 24 18
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 71 63 24 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 55 26 7
AVODART 64 53 27 160
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 60 28 26
CYMBALTA 58 45 29 87
CLOPIDOGREL 56 54 30 41
LISINOPRIL 55 36 31 5
PLAVIX 53 45 32 53
CALCITRIOL 53 39 32 17
DIOVAN 52 42 34 11
PRANDIN 51 48 35 185
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 43 36 10
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.