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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurological Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,585Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 114

$705K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 114

520 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 3,221 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%.

Prescription Price

$154 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $98 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 335 331 1 3
LEVETIRACETAM 327 184 2 4
NAMENDA 321 254 3 6
GABAPENTIN 315 249 4 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 218 197 5 5
EXELON 217 185 6 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 192 152 R 7 24
PRIMIDONE 168 141 8 18
CARBAMAZEPINE 152 72 9 12
TOPIRAMATE 151 87 10 10
LAMOTRIGINE 121 15 11 9
AMANTADINE 109 94 12 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 104 95 13 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 85 20 14 14
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 83 72 15 74
ZONISAMIDE 79 39 16 113
VERAPAMIL ER 67 34 17 123
RISPERIDONE 66 52 18 16
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 32 19 15
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 63 55 20 29
COMTAN 60 54 21 46
LYRICA 59 31 22 26
CYMBALTA 53 46 23 20
CLONAZEPAM 52 33 24 144
ACETAZOLAMIDE 51 47 25 147
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 Nov. 5, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.