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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,614Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 783

$623K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 113 out of 783

504 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 504 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,359 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$94 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $231 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 California
NAMENDA 351 347 1 4
CYMBALTA 325 311 2 18
LYRICA 308 249 3 16
GABAPENTIN 285 245 4 3
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 225 204 5 8
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 200 188 6 1
LEVETIRACETAM 180 44 7 5
PLAVIX 180 165 7 45
CARBAMAZEPINE 161 85 9 14
CLOPIDOGREL 158 150 10 33
ROPINIROLE HCL 152 136 11 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 141 139 12 2
LIDODERM 139 130 13 40
SIMVASTATIN 130 97 14 49
AMANTADINE 119 119 15 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 113 105 16 51
LAMOTRIGINE 103 31 17 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 102 85 18 20
EXELON 100 100 19 12
NAPROXEN 99 87 20 85
PRIMIDONE 96 83 21 13
DIOVAN 93 72 22 98
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 80 23 105
TOPIRAMATE 87 52 24 6
NIFEDIPINE ER 83 69 25 163
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 78 73 26 23
VOLTAREN 77 52 27 58
CELEBREX 75 73 28 64
RIVASTIGMINE 68 68 29 70
MISOPROSTOL 67 47 30 175
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 0 31 15
NEXIUM 63 49 32 80
AZILECT 62 50 33 11
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 41 R 34 72
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 56 56 S3 35 60
IBUPROFEN 56 27 35 53
ARICEPT 55 55 37 86
RISPERIDONE 54 0 38 43
SEROQUEL 51 51 39 54
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.