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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,506Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 491

$513K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 121 out of 491

233 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
13%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

14% of this provider’s 410 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$114 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $218 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 Texas
CITALOPRAM HBR 289 28 1 18
RISPERIDONE 280 24 2 57
ABILIFY 264 17 3 90
FLUOXETINE HCL 212 19 4 76
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 11 5 28
TRAZODONE HCL 210 22 6 31
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 199 26 R 7 64
BUPROPION HCL SR 164 12 8 78
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 163 0 9 34
CYMBALTA 148 0 10 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 137 16 11 40
CLONIDINE HCL 125 0 12 131
DOXEPIN HCL 118 0 13 95
BUSPIRONE HCL 116 0 14 93
OLANZAPINE 114 12 15 138
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 109 23 16 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 100 18 R 17 14
MIRTAZAPINE 99 14 18 49
PAROXETINE HCL 98 0 19 80
LAMOTRIGINE 96 0 20 8
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94 19 21 42
LITHIUM CARBONATE 86 0 22 96
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 84 0 R 23 144
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 71 0 24 29
SERTRALINE HCL 56 12 25 23
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 56 0 25 162
CARBAMAZEPINE 54 0 27 25
SEROQUEL 53 0 28 79
VALPROIC ACID 51 0 29 132
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.