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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,612Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 183

$6.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 183

351 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
17%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 351 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 351 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 1,004 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$917 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $192 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 Georgia
COPAXONE 863 242 10 1 32
BACLOFEN 567 98 2 15
GABAPENTIN 427 105 3 1
TIZANIDINE HCL 328 18 4 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 226 28 5 20
CYMBALTA 181 24 6 16
AMPYRA 164 12 10 7 89
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 147 26 S3 8 7
LYRICA 142 16 9 11
TRAMADOL HCL 138 25 10 19
OXCARBAZEPINE 137 12 11 33
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 119 0 12 82
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 14 13 17
AVONEX 89 11 14 51
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 87 0 15 85
BUPROPION XL 85 0 16 79
BUPROPION HCL SR 85 17 16 88
SERTRALINE HCL 81 12 18 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78 13 19 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 0 R 20 10
PRIMIDONE 76 17 20 8
AMANTADINE 75 0 22 38
DETROL LA 74 14 23 124
DRONABINOL 69 12 24 130
TRAZODONE HCL 68 12 25 36
GILENYA 66 0 26 133
PROVIGIL 64 19 10 27 104
REBIF 61 0 28 87
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 12 29 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 11 30 58
BETASERON 59 0 30 105
TOPIRAMATE 57 0 32 6
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 57 0 S2 32 108
NAPROXEN 55 0 34 115
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 54 0 35 154
MODAFINIL 53 11 36 105
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 0 37 4
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 April 5, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.