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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,989Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 783

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 783

833 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

3% of this provider’s 833 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 7,550 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$140 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $231 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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 690 678 1 2
NAMENDA 502 493 2 4
GABAPENTIN 502 431 2 3
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 333 315 4 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 324 280 5 20
LEVETIRACETAM 309 214 6 5
PAROXETINE HCL 305 285 7 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 236 192 R 8 19
CARBAMAZEPINE 230 173 9 14
CYMBALTA 223 192 10 18
PRIMIDONE 186 175 11 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 183 179 12 23
BUSPIRONE HCL 180 162 13 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 180 156 13 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 167 163 15 21
BACLOFEN 166 125 16 17
PROPRANOLOL HCL 152 134 17 28
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 139 139 18 8
AMANTADINE 137 137 19 27
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 126 124 R 20 50
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 120 90 21 22
MIRTAZAPINE 117 96 22 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 91 23 68
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 110 79 24 29
SEROQUEL 104 94 25 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 103 60 S3 26 7
RISPERIDONE 101 85 27 43
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 92 59 28 15
TOPIRAMATE 91 54 29 6
ABILIFY 89 59 30 74
LAMOTRIGINE 87 37 31 9
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 79 68 32 46
SERTRALINE HCL 72 64 33 26
TRAMADOL HCL 72 67 33 31
IBUPROFEN 69 51 35 53
EXELON 68 68 36 12
AGGRENOX 67 67 37 47
LEXAPRO 64 60 38 59
IMIPRAMINE HCL 63 40 R 39 65
LYRICA 62 51 40 16
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 61 56 R 41 77
COMTAN 60 60 42 39
PLAVIX 54 50 43 45
AZILECT 52 47 44 11
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.