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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,431Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 183

$716K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 183

501 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 501 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 501 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 2,352 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$132 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $192 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 Georgia
LEVETIRACETAM 438 147 1 3
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 417 126 R 2 10
GABAPENTIN 335 111 3 1
NAMENDA 297 271 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 280 57 S3 5 7
TOPIRAMATE 264 25 6 6
EXELON 231 217 7 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 163 149 8 4
VIMPAT 145 31 9 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 145 120 9 2
ROPINIROLE HCL 138 125 11 14
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 131 30 12 26
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 130 12 13 40
LAMOTRIGINE 117 26 14 9
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 114 32 15 13
PRIMIDONE 97 44 16 8
LYRICA 94 41 17 11
ZONISAMIDE 83 22 18 48
CARBAMAZEPINE 79 22 19 21
PLAVIX 71 54 20 49
CLOPIDOGREL 68 59 21 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 67 45 22 23
BUTORPHANOL TARTRATE 64 16 23 81
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 59 11 R 24 44
AGGRENOX 59 22 24 37
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 57 22 26 22
AZILECT 55 43 27 35
TRAMADOL HCL 53 14 28 19
MELOXICAM 50 26 29 45
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.