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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,368Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 165

$985K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 165

1,040 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 Arizona
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 1,040 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 1,040 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,873 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$118 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $217 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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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 Arizona
GABAPENTIN 1,033 741 1 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 798 707 2 3
NAMENDA 570 460 3 5
TOPIRAMATE 473 287 4 6
LEVETIRACETAM 364 244 5 4
PRIMIDONE 339 269 6 9
LIDOCAINE 331 249 7 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 292 183 S3 8 18
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 284 216 9 2
CYMBALTA 256 177 10 17
ROPINIROLE HCL 214 123 11 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 176 113 12 35
LYRICA 158 137 13 10
PROPRANOLOL HCL 130 96 14 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 127 70 R 15 40
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 112 73 16 22
BACLOFEN 107 37 17 13
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 96 55 R 18 14
GALANTAMINE HBR 94 88 19 27
TRAZODONE HCL 87 29 20 38
EXELON 85 84 21 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 82 32 22 21
CARISOPRODOL 81 23 R 23 41
TRAMADOL HCL 79 69 24 31
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 76 68 25 15
MECLIZINE HCL 74 45 26 88
RISPERIDONE 71 66 27 47
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE SULFATE 67 32 S2 28 94
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 64 55 29 96
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 45 30 16
CLOPIDOGREL 55 48 31 46
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 21 32 19
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 51 16 33 34
PLAVIX 50 42 34 58
SERTRALINE HCL 50 43 34 29
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 May 16, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.