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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,618Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 790

$5.98M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 790

1,256 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73% Patients 65 Years and Older

93% 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 New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

3% of this provider’s 918 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Antibiotics

2% of this provider’s 1,256 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 918 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

10% of this provider’s 1,256 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$439 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $326 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$2.12M

2012

$3.01M

2013

$4.29M

2014

$5.98M

2015

Number of Claims

6,360

2012

8,325

2013

11,527

2014

13,618

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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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
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE

This is used on the skin or... +

This is used on the skin or in the genital area to cause numbness or loss of feeling before certain medical procedures. Source: National Library of Medicine

3,316

prescriptions, 24% of all prescriptions

2,275

prescriptions.

779

patients, 62% of all patients

10 1 44
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

854

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

781

prescriptions.

175

patients, 14% of all patients

2 6
NUEDEXTA

Used to treat pseudobulbar ... +

Used to treat pseudobulbar affect (PBA; a condition of sudden, frequent outbursts of crying or laughing that can not be controlled) in people with certain conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease; condition in which the nerves that control muscle movement slowly die, causing the muscles to shrink and weaken) or multiple sclerosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

693

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

545

prescriptions.

155

patients, 12% of all patients

3 74
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

670

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

424

prescriptions.

200

patients, 16% of all patients

4 8
DUEXIS 389

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

145

patients, 12% of all patients

10 5 98
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

274

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

89

patients, 7% of all patients

R 6 45
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

101

patients, 8% of all patients

7 1
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

252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

8 3
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

84

patients, 7% of all patients

9 93
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

79

patients, 6% of all patients

10 55
CAMBIA 182

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

57

patients, 5% of all patients

10 11 153
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

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

12 12
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

12 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

O 14 33
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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

71

patients, 6% of all patients

15 66
TROKENDI XR 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

10 15 139
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

O 17 27
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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

18 2
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

19 10
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

20 185
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL

Trihexyphenidyl is used to ... +

Trihexyphenidyl is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and tremors caused by other medical problems or drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

R 21 114
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

R 22 75
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

22 129
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

Treats moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

O 24 106
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE

Sumatriptan is used to trea... +

Sumatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes is accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

25 40
LINZESS

Used in adults to treat irr... +

Used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C; a condition that causes stomach pain or cramps, bloating, and infrequent or difficult passage of stools) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC; difficult or infrequent passage of stools that lasts for 3 months or longer and is not caused by a disease or a medication). Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

26 198
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

27 11
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

28 60
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

P 28 13
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

30 36
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

R 31 26
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

32 4
REBIF REBIDOSE 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 10 33 151
VIMOVO 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

33 172
BUTRANS 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

O 35 170
OCTAGAM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 10 35 215
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

37 85
NEUPRO 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

38 65
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

38 46
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole 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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

40 30
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

40 14
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

42 18
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

43 38
BRINTELLIX 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

44 175
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

44 49
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

O 44 64
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

47 153
RELPAX 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

10 47 189
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

47 162
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 Feb. 12, 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.
  • 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.