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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurological Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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2,184Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills
$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions
264 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73% Patients 65 Years and Older

28% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients


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

$1.74M

2012

$1.02M

2013

$792K

2014

$1.51M

2015

Number of Claims

2,259

2012

1,368

2013

1,790

2014

2,184

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.

Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category
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

347

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

86

patients, 33% of all patients

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

125

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

32

patients, 12% of all patients

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

114

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

P
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

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

88

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

26

patients, 10% of all patients

CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

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

60

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

58

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 56

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11
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

55

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11
XENAZINE 52

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11
NEUPRO 50

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11
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 April 22, 2016.
  • 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.