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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,591Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 783

$2.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 783

651 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

11% of this provider’s 651 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 651 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,844 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

$310 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $231 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 624 584 1 2
GABAPENTIN 372 237 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 367 157 S3 3 7
NAMENDA 351 328 4 4
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 325 309 5 1
LYRICA 310 207 6 16
LEVETIRACETAM 243 162 7 5
CYMBALTA 176 105 8 18
PROPRANOLOL HCL 161 102 9 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 147 82 R 10 72
CARISOPRODOL 146 37 R 11 42
BACLOFEN 143 68 12 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 82 13 20
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 91 14 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 56 15 21
EXELON 101 101 16 12
ARICEPT 99 68 17 86
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 99 38 R 17 19
OXYCODONE HCL 95 17 S2 19 52
OXYCONTIN 90 39 S2 20 67
TOPIRAMATE 89 53 21 6
CELEBREX 84 51 22 64
CARBAMAZEPINE 82 48 23 14
PRIMIDONE 81 57 24 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 68 25 23
TRAZODONE HCL 75 32 26 36
TRAMADOL HCL 74 36 27 31
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 42 28 10
MIRTAZAPINE 66 64 29 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 65 25 30 29
AZILECT 65 60 30 11
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 65 65 30 8
LAMOTRIGINE 64 0 33 9
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 63 27 34 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 57 54 35 187
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 31 36 57
PLAVIX 53 41 36 45
FENTANYL 52 0 S2 38 76
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 15, 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.