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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,678Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 783

$3.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 783

530 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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

2% of this provider’s 530 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 530 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,882 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$454 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $231 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 519 407 1 1
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 298 171 2 8
COPAXONE 222 67 3 25
EXELON 219 202 4 12
ROPINIROLE HCL 216 89 5 10
NAMENDA 212 194 6 4
CYMBALTA 194 111 7 18
GABAPENTIN 191 120 8 3
AZILECT 183 148 9 11
AMANTADINE 154 89 10 27
LEVETIRACETAM 148 68 11 5
TRAZODONE HCL 134 83 12 36
BACLOFEN 134 31 12 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 126 117 14 2
AMPYRA 105 11 15 79
ZONISAMIDE 97 73 16 35
TOPIRAMATE 97 51 16 6
LAMOTRIGINE 95 38 18 9
NUVIGIL 86 70 19 132
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 60 20 20
TIZANIDINE HCL 79 15 21 56
VESICARE 78 59 22 166
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 0 S3 22 7
MIRTAZAPINE 72 66 24 41
COMTAN 71 71 25 39
LYRICA 68 23 26 16
REBIF 67 16 27 115
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 38 28 180
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 55 27 29 119
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 42 30 22
GILENYA 54 14 30 102
VIMPAT 54 0 30 32
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 Nov. 26, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.