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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,915Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 783

$931K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 783

1,131 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 1,131 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 7,700 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $231 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 California
GABAPENTIN 824 643 1 3
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 530 477 2 1
LEVETIRACETAM 352 72 3 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 339 325 4 2
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 278 253 5 8
CYMBALTA 254 230 6 18
NAMENDA 251 250 7 4
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 249 218 R 8 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 236 219 9 20
MIRTAZAPINE 211 200 10 41
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 200 172 11 23
EXELON 190 190 12 12
CARBAMAZEPINE 188 72 13 14
STALEVO 100 179 174 10 14 81
LIDODERM 175 167 15 40
TRAZODONE HCL 173 161 16 36
TOPIRAMATE 173 22 16 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 157 31 18 22
CLOPIDOGREL 153 134 19 33
AZILECT 130 126 20 11
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 127 95 R 21 19
SEROQUEL 124 97 22 54
OXCARBAZEPINE 122 29 23 37
PAROXETINE HCL 122 101 23 44
LAMOTRIGINE 117 13 25 9
ROPINIROLE HCL 116 111 26 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 111 38 27 29
VOLTAREN 107 103 28 58
OLANZAPINE 104 96 29 83
MELOXICAM 103 102 30 38
PLAVIX 101 95 31 45
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 101 94 31 90
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 100 33 30
RIVASTIGMINE 95 95 34 70
LYRICA 88 67 35 16
CELEBREX 83 71 36 64
PRIMIDONE 81 75 37 13
STALEVO 150 80 79 10 38 136
LEXAPRO 78 78 39 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 74 63 40 51
PROPRANOLOL HCL 72 37 41 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 65 42 105
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 60 36 43 95
CLONIDINE HCL 59 0 44 153
ATENOLOL 58 43 45 84
RISPERIDONE 58 19 45 43
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 24 47 15
COMTAN 51 51 48 39
LUNESTA 50 50 49 130
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 Dec. 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.