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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,806Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 161

$2.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 161

747 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 Missouri
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 747 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 747 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,369 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$291 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $221 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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 Missouri
GABAPENTIN 752 396 1 2
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 745 663 2 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 377 342 3 4
ROPINIROLE HCL 360 277 4 10
TOPIRAMATE 301 99 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 300 110 S3 6 7
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 239 181 7 21
CYMBALTA 233 134 8 16
LYRICA 223 128 9 13
NAMENDA 211 189 10 6
PRIMIDONE 197 181 11 9
LEVETIRACETAM 183 74 12 3
COPAXONE 167 43 13 28
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 145 101 14 11
BACLOFEN 140 37 15 12
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 125 89 16 51
TRAMADOL HCL 122 61 17 30
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 122 44 17 26
OXCARBAZEPINE 120 61 19 31
SERTRALINE HCL 115 59 20 32
PROPRANOLOL HCL 97 52 21 24
AMANTADINE 90 52 22 35
LAMOTRIGINE 79 18 23 8
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 32 24 68
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 75 27 25 23
BETASERON 75 0 25 66
TIZANIDINE HCL 68 0 27 25
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 0 28 47
DILANTIN 66 50 29 18
PREDNISONE 63 48 30 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60 40 31 34
REBIF 57 12 32 56
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 0 33 15
ZONISAMIDE 50 0 34 22
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 11, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.