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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,794Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 110

$2.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 110

642 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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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this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 642 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 642 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,830 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$381 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $208 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 Kentucky
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 522 475 1 3
GABAPENTIN 292 191 2 1
NAMENDA 274 243 3 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 242 227 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 213 95 S3 5 7
EXELON 191 177 6 15
PRIMIDONE 188 165 7 8
COPAXONE 167 49 8 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 165 130 9 12
BACLOFEN 157 59 10 26
LEVETIRACETAM 122 86 11 2
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 121 109 12 23
LAMOTRIGINE 116 57 13 9
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 53 R 14 11
OXCARBAZEPINE 92 42 15 16
PREDNISONE 88 60 16 55
AZILECT 83 76 17 33
TOPIRAMATE 78 22 18 4
PROPRANOLOL HCL 71 52 19 19
AMANTADINE 67 33 20 32
AGGRENOX 65 54 21 35
ALPRAZOLAM 65 26 21 106
LYRICA 64 44 23 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 53 24 33
CLOPIDOGREL 56 46 25 46
LODOSYN 56 56 25 117
CITALOPRAM HBR 54 25 27 21
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 March 12, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.