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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,526Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 89 out of 535

$10.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 535

337 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
30% Patients 65 Years and Older

49% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$3075 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $328 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$2.23M

2012

$3.55M

2013

$9.11M

2014

$10.8M

2015

Number of Claims

1,795

2012

2,188

2013

3,482

2014

3,526

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
COPAXONE

This is used to reduce the ... +

This is used to reduce the frequency of relapses (flare-ups) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RMMS). Source: National Library of Medicine

442

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

68

patients, 20% of all patients

1 38
TECFIDERA 336

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

55

patients, 16% of all patients

2 56
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

281

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

68

patients, 20% of all patients

3 25
AMPYRA 222

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

50

patients, 15% of all patients

4 75
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

42

patients, 12% of all patients

5 1
GILENYA 140

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

6 84
BETASERON 111

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

7 177
REBIF 108

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

10 8 179
AVONEX PEN 91

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

9 118
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

10 11
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

11 29
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

12 7
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

13 27
AVONEX 61

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

14 208
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

R 15 45
AUBAGIO 59

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

16 91
MODAFINIL

Treats narcolepsy, sleep ap... +

Treats narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

16 157
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

18 6
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

19 24
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

20 102
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

21 35
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Jan. 31, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.