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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,194Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 183

$1.29M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 183

605 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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 Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 605 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 605 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,582 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

47% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$180 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $192 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 Georgia
NAMENDA 904 838 1 5
EXELON 507 487 2 12
CYMBALTA 368 294 3 16
CILOSTAZOL 365 336 4 65
TOPIRAMATE 284 212 5 6
AZILECT 272 265 6 35
AGGRENOX 208 198 7 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 206 200 8 4
TIZANIDINE HCL 183 97 9 18
MIRTAZAPINE 173 150 10 54
TRAMADOL HCL 133 87 11 19
GABAPENTIN 126 87 12 1
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 118 13 29
PROPRANOLOL HCL 120 103 14 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 118 109 15 14
TRAZODONE HCL 107 74 16 36
BACLOFEN 96 41 17 15
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 92 89 18 62
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 91 91 19 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 37 S3 20 7
LAMICTAL XR 78 0 21 120
PRIMIDONE 76 38 22 8
AMANTADINE 75 45 23 38
OXCARBAZEPINE 68 49 24 33
VIMPAT 68 24 24 34
KEPPRA XR 58 34 26 143
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 49 27 20
LYRICA 53 25 27 11
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 53 45 27 157
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 51 45 R 30 66
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.