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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurological Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,679Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 114

$772K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 114

657 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 657 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 37%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,155 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%.

Prescription Price

$165 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $98 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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 California
GABAPENTIN 488 348 1 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 460 420 2 5
NAMENDA 436 419 3 6
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 328 300 4 3
LEVETIRACETAM 325 157 5 4
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 185 114 6 21
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 139 119 7 29
LAMOTRIGINE 123 41 8 9
ROPINIROLE HCL 121 103 9 13
CYMBALTA 117 57 10 20
PRIMIDONE 117 95 10 18
GALANTAMINE HBR 116 116 12 87
TOPIRAMATE 109 12 13 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 105 59 R 14 24
LYRICA 98 45 15 26
CLOPIDOGREL 85 70 16 57
BACLOFEN 64 0 17 23
OXCARBAZEPINE 57 25 18 137
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 34 S3 18 1
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 53 14 20 142
EXELON 50 50 21 25
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 9, 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.