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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,652Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 419

$2.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 419

778 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69% Patients 65 Years and Older

54% 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 Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

4% of this provider’s 533 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 533 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

7% of this provider’s 778 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 6%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$347 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $448 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$1M

2012

$1.72M

2013

$2.2M

2014

$2.31M

2015

Number of Claims

6,926

2012

7,590

2013

6,706

2014

6,652

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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O

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
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

591

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

128

patients, 16% of all patients

1 1
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

431

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

61

patients, 8% of all patients

2 3
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

314

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

3 4
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

309

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

4 11
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

262

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

66

patients, 8% of all patients

5 5
PHENOBARBITAL

Used to control seizures. P... +

Used to control seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

226

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

R 6 29
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

217

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

7 19
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

207

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

8 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

9 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

183

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

O 10 20
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

11 18
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

12 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

13 26
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

14 13
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

15 36
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

16 6
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

17 9
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

18 45
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

19 25
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED

Phenytoin is used to contro... +

Phenytoin is used to control certain type of seizures, and to treat and prevent seizures that may begin during or after surgery to the brain or nervous system. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

20 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 21 33
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

22 23
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

Treats certain types of seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 23 44
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

24 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

25 37
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

25 60
RIVASTIGMINE*

Used to treat mild to moder... +

Used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss and mental changes) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

27 83
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

28 94
DILANTIN*

Treats seizures. This medic... +

Treats seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 29 53
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

R 30 21
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

31 76
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 31 41
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

33 7
COPAXONE

This is used to reduce the ... +

This is used to reduce the frequency of relapses (flare-ups) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RMMS). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 34 15
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 35 40
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 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.
  • 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.