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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,993Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 165

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 165

778 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%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
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this specialty
in Arizona
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 778 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 778 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 4,476 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$151 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $217 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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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 Arizona
GABAPENTIN 623 303 1 1
NAMENDA 421 392 2 5
OXYCODONE HCL 380 150 S2 3 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 315 147 S3 4 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 269 216 5 11
TOPIRAMATE 230 51 6 6
ROPINIROLE HCL 202 161 7 8
LEVETIRACETAM 201 70 8 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 198 198 9 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 189 86 10 35
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 170 155 11 2
RISPERIDONE 146 116 12 47
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 131 87 13 68
SERTRALINE HCL 128 68 14 29
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 124 31 S2 15 36
CYMBALTA 109 62 16 17
SIMVASTATIN 108 63 17 59
CLOPIDOGREL 98 80 18 46
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 94 38 19 19
LYRICA 86 46 20 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79 0 R 21 40
PLAVIX 76 69 22 58
BUSPIRONE HCL 75 29 23 65
OMEPRAZOLE 71 33 24 90
LISINOPRIL 70 46 25 91
TRAZODONE HCL 69 0 26 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 67 58 27 94
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 65 53 28 15
TRAMADOL HCL 63 45 29 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 36 R 30 14
CARISOPRODOL 62 15 R 30 41
MIRTAZAPINE 62 34 30 50
OXYCONTIN 61 35 S2 33 53
CARBAMAZEPINE 61 28 33 24
BACLOFEN 58 22 35 13
LAMOTRIGINE 56 0 36 7
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 50 0 S2 37 111
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 May 13, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.