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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,183Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 71

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 71

1,241 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
1% 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 Puerto Rico
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,423 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 34%.

Prescription Price

$103 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $113 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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 Puerto Rico
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,531 1,480 1 1
NAMENDA 885 831 2 2
GABAPENTIN 877 471 3 3
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 576 484 4 4
EXELON 368 351 5 6
GALANTAMINE HBR 363 362 6 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 301 212 7 26
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 291 134 8 43
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 278 192 9 8
PRIMIDONE 266 206 10 23
TOPIRAMATE 262 47 11 29
DILANTIN 246 94 12 28
LEVETIRACETAM 210 70 13 9
MIRTAZAPINE 198 187 14 80
BACLOFEN 154 83 15 45
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 145 62 16 11
PLAVIX 143 118 17 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 124 18 10
RISPERIDONE 129 114 19 22
ASPIRIN EC 126 112 20 46
CLOPIDOGREL 118 98 21 19
OXCARBAZEPINE 116 39 22 38
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 113 88 R 23 51
VITAMIN B-12 108 97 24 67
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 93 47 25 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 48 R 26 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 75 58 27 37
NABUMETONE 70 45 28 31
LYRICA 64 29 29 12
RIVASTIGMINE 64 53 29 42
ARICEPT 62 54 31 92
AMANTADINE 62 45 31 41
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 51 33 14
CARBAMAZEPINE XR 57 44 33 148
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 42 35 32
CARBAMAZEPINE 55 20 35 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 39 37 35
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.