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Prescriber Checkup

CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,018Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 245

$656K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 245

432 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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 North Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 432 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 432 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,389 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$131 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $230 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 North Carolina
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 221 1 3
GABAPENTIN 209 146 2 1
LEVETIRACETAM 178 76 3 4
PROPRANOLOL HCL 165 70 4 31
TRAMADOL HCL 151 84 5 21
LISINOPRIL 148 70 6 68
MELOXICAM 141 60 7 56
TOPIRAMATE 135 34 8 6
BACLOFEN 126 23 9 12
FLUOXETINE HCL 120 40 10 39
NAMENDA 112 112 11 5
ZONISAMIDE 91 15 12 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 90 23 13 63
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 87 43 14 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 14 S3 15 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 48 16 111
PRIMIDONE 74 48 17 9
LYRICA 69 0 18 11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 59 19 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60 23 20 17
OMEPRAZOLE 59 30 21 61
CYMBALTA 58 0 22 14
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 29 23 16
OXYCODONE HCL 51 18 S2 24 23
LAMOTRIGINE 50 12 25 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 50 15 25 19
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 Aug. 24, 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.