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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,393Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 783

$922K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 783

885 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

1% of this provider’s 885 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,590 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $231 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 1,746 1,654 1 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 906 893 2 2
LEVETIRACETAM 582 499 3 5
CLOPIDOGREL 453 429 4 33
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 405 390 5 1
PLAVIX 367 350 6 45
NAMENDA 296 296 7 4
CELEBREX 278 269 8 64
MELOXICAM 267 229 9 38
NEXIUM 222 191 10 80
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 216 201 11 8
LIDODERM 203 194 12 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 167 161 13 51
PRIMIDONE 158 136 14 13
TRAMADOL HCL 150 150 15 31
CREON 150 131 15 101
EVISTA 138 125 17 138
CYMBALTA 138 135 17 18
SERTRALINE HCL 134 128 19 26
PAROXETINE HCL 133 133 20 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 130 124 21 20
LYRICA 126 113 22 16
SIMVASTATIN 123 112 23 49
BACLOFEN 121 119 24 17
DIOVAN 121 110 24 98
ROPINIROLE HCL 90 90 26 10
CRESTOR 89 78 27 159
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 86 86 R 28 160
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 82 29 69
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 85 83 29 161
OMEPRAZOLE 82 82 31 78
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 81 32 23
CARBAMAZEPINE 79 61 33 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 57 34 141
ACTONEL 69 59 34 172
GALANTAMINE HBR 67 67 36 34
COMTAN 66 66 37 39
DIOVAN HCT 66 64 37 176
LOVAZA 65 51 39 87
TOPIRAMATE 65 60 39 6
AZILECT 65 65 39 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63 63 42 121
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 61 42 30
LUNESTA 58 58 44 130
EXELON 55 55 45 12
JANUVIA 52 50 46 199
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 24, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.