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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,267Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 419

$1.7M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 419

598 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70% Patients 65 Years and Older

38% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 598 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

6% of this provider’s 417 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$272 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $448 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$809K

2012

$1.17M

2013

$1.45M

2014

$1.7M

2015

Number of Claims

4,524

2012

6,009

2013

6,213

2014

6,267

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

579

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

427

prescriptions.

116

patients, 19% of all patients

1 1
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

461

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

82

patients, 14% of all patients

2 3
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

265

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

3 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

247

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

4 11
PHENOBARBITAL

Used to control seizures. P... +

Used to control seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

231

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

R 5 29
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

231

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

5 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

7 26
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

8 5
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

172

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

9 9
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

167

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

10 4
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

Treats certain types of seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

166

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

11 44
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

12 7
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

13 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

14 2
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED

Phenytoin is used to contro... +

Phenytoin is used to control certain type of seizures, and to treat and prevent seizures that may begin during or after surgery to the brain or nervous system. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

15 35
ROPINIROLE ER 131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

16 86
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

17 47
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

Nortriptyline is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

17 32
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

19 8
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

20 6
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE

Sumatriptan is used to trea... +

Sumatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes is accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

21 30
AZATHIOPRINE

Prevents your body from rej... +

Prevents your body from rejecting a kidney transplant. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

22 84
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

23 10
VIMPAT

Used to control partial sei... +

Used to control partial seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 24 22
DILANTIN*

Treats seizures. This medic... +

Treats seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

24 53
MESTINON 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

10 26 146
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

26 48
TEGRETOL XR 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 26 89
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

<11 29 45
RIZATRIPTAN

Rizatriptan is used to trea... +

Rizatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes are accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

30 75
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 31 37
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Oct. 7, 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.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.