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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,775Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 491

$3.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 491

396 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
51%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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 Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 396 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 2,175 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$691 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $218 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Texas
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 441 376 1 2
AZILECT 231 181 2 16
BACLOFEN 178 14 3 21
COPAXONE 156 45 4 39
GILENYA 141 0 10 5 97
NAMENDA 131 131 6 4
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 125 105 R 7 69
GABAPENTIN 124 59 8 1
TOPIRAMATE 116 41 9 7
LEVETIRACETAM 109 24 10 5
LYRICA 100 31 11 10
AMPYRA 90 0 12 82
ROPINIROLE HCL 88 74 13 9
PROPRANOLOL HCL 88 0 13 30
AMANTADINE 86 53 15 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 80 28 16 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 0 S3 17 6
LAMOTRIGINE 75 20 18 8
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 74 54 19 15
TIZANIDINE HCL 74 23 19 20
PRIMIDONE 73 50 21 11
CYMBALTA 72 23 22 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 59 23 3
TYSABRI 63 0 10 24 155
TRAMADOL HCL 62 22 25 27
SERTRALINE HCL 60 21 26 23
EXELON 59 59 27 12
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 20 R 28 14
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. 19, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.