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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,645Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 783

$1.55M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 783

1,352 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 8,638 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$114 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $231 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,728 1,543 1 2
GABAPENTIN 1,413 983 2 3
NAMENDA 889 780 3 4
LEVETIRACETAM 715 248 4 5
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 668 386 R 5 19
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 629 503 6 1
TOPIRAMATE 536 189 7 6
ROPINIROLE HCL 442 334 8 10
CARBAMAZEPINE 376 113 9 14
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 342 60 10 29
CYMBALTA 295 222 11 18
LYRICA 281 211 12 16
PRIMIDONE 263 183 13 13
OXCARBAZEPINE 245 118 14 37
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 216 54 15 15
EXELON 198 197 16 12
TRAMADOL HCL 187 104 17 31
VIMPAT 186 11 18 32
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 185 55 R 19 77
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 173 137 20 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 163 95 21 21
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 130 111 22 8
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 122 99 R 23 50
AZILECT 114 112 24 11
IBUPROFEN 113 22 25 53
LAMOTRIGINE 113 17 25 9
SAVELLA 109 53 27 133
CLOPIDOGREL 106 96 28 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 100 76 29 23
RISPERIDONE 91 22 30 43
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 90 77 31 30
PROPRANOLOL HCL 84 52 32 28
PAROXETINE HCL 78 39 33 44
PLAVIX 76 68 34 45
BACLOFEN 75 16 35 17
ARICEPT 75 74 35 86
MELOXICAM 72 61 37 38
COMTAN 68 59 38 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 0 39 22
SEROQUEL 61 46 40 54
DILANTIN 56 19 41 48
HALOPERIDOL 54 22 42 127
FAMOTIDINE 52 32 43 109
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 48 R 44 72
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 7, 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.