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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,639Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 96

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 96

513 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 South Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 513 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 2,303 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$255 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $214 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 South Carolina
GABAPENTIN 406 261 1 1
LEVETIRACETAM 317 142 2 2
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 281 247 3 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 193 192 4 4
TOPIRAMATE 193 37 4 6
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 160 86 R 6 20
CARBAMAZEPINE 154 46 7 17
LAMOTRIGINE 129 36 8 8
NAMENDA 118 118 9 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 106 19 10 14
PRIMIDONE 104 67 11 12
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 95 37 12 28
LYRICA 92 54 13 9
TRAMADOL HCL 88 46 14 24
DILANTIN 88 41 14 39
SERTRALINE HCL 86 51 16 35
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 83 18 17 16
TIZANIDINE HCL 79 31 18 10
BACLOFEN 78 21 19 11
EXELON 77 68 20 18
COPAXONE 71 14 21 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 49 22 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 13 S3 23 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 29 23 29
OXCARBAZEPINE 61 0 25 26
REBIF 59 0 26 68
ZONISAMIDE 59 13 26 48
KEPPRA 56 24 28 55
PROMETHAZINE HCL 52 0 R 29 44
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 June 25, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.