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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,752Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 104

$676K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 104

411 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 2,932 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$142 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $272 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Connecticut
NAMENDA 487 451 1 5
GABAPENTIN 383 193 2 2
TOPIRAMATE 234 98 3 6
LEVETIRACETAM 192 119 4 3
CYMBALTA 185 121 5 10
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 177 149 6 1
LYRICA 165 108 7 12
OXCARBAZEPINE 155 79 8 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 146 134 9 4
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 143 91 10 47
TRAZODONE HCL 111 58 11 25
PRIMIDONE 107 92 12 17
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 98 92 13 19
EXELON 98 98 13 15
RISPERIDONE 93 73 15 38
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 15 S3 16 9
TRAMADOL HCL 83 29 17 48
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 39 18 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 75 66 19 26
SERTRALINE HCL 73 22 20 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 44 21 31
RIVASTIGMINE 65 54 22 89
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 45 23 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 38 24 30
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.