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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,361Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 520

$3.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 520

827 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 827 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 827 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 2,852 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$444 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $204 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Florida
TOPIRAMATE 645 194 10 1 6
GABAPENTIN 591 276 2 1
NAMENDA 424 295 3 4
LYRICA 369 104 4 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 287 140 5 3
NUEDEXTA 276 111 10 6 103
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 255 126 S3 7 7
LEVETIRACETAM 250 34 8 5
LAMOTRIGINE 153 11 9 9
VIMPAT 151 16 10 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 148 128 11 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 148 53 11 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 147 36 13 22
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 137 30 14 51
MELOXICAM 123 68 15 33
ZONISAMIDE 119 43 16 36
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 118 48 17 24
OXCARBAZEPINE 117 63 18 35
PROPRANOLOL HCL 100 34 19 40
EXELON 96 66 20 10
CYMBALTA 95 16 21 14
NUVIGIL 89 33 22 126
SEROQUEL XR 84 33 23 75
CARBAMAZEPINE 79 37 24 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 75 14 25 45
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 71 46 26 17
LUNESTA 68 0 27 114
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 27 27 29
RISPERIDONE 60 17 29 47
LIDODERM 57 15 30 90
COPAXONE 57 11 30 27
PREDNISONE 56 25 32 60
BACLOFEN 55 15 33 18
PRISTIQ ER 51 36 34 85
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 19 35 12
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 Jan. 25, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.