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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,004Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 520

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 520

771 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 771 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

43% of this provider’s 771 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 3,246 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$126 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $204 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Florida
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,803 525 S3 1 7
GABAPENTIN 872 332 2 1
BACLOFEN 615 232 3 18
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 256 81 S2 4 30
FENTANYL 245 95 S2 5 52
LEVETIRACETAM 225 50 6 5
TRAMADOL HCL 212 90 7 26
TIZANIDINE HCL 212 29 7 25
NAMENDA 196 195 9 4
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 178 54 S2 10 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 55 11 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 166 55 R 12 34
LYRICA 165 43 13 11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 161 125 14 2
ROPINIROLE HCL 144 102 15 12
METHOCARBAMOL 128 36 R 16 66
CYMBALTA 120 23 17 14
MELOXICAM 120 42 17 33
OXCARBAZEPINE 113 35 19 35
TOPIRAMATE 109 18 20 6
OXYCODONE HCL 104 36 S2 21 19
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 104 67 R 21 16
ENDOCET 92 34 S2 23 116
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 40 24 13
OXYCONTIN 84 40 S2 25 43
PRIMIDONE 82 64 26 8
MORPHINE SULFATE 74 21 S2 27 70
LIDODERM 71 26 28 90
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 67 23 29 32
CARISOPRODOL 64 12 R 30 37
METHADONE HCL 57 14 S2 31 48
CARBAMAZEPINE 56 0 32 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 55 52 33 3
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 55 0 S2 33 67
SAVELLA 54 0 35 225
PROMETHAZINE HCL 53 19 R 36 102
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 April 22, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.