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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurological Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,375Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 114

$938K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 114

819 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

5% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 37%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,481 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $98 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,133 165 1 8
SIMVASTATIN 893 210 2 11
RISPERIDONE 643 103 3 16
OMEPRAZOLE 552 168 4 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 410 246 S3 5 1
METFORMIN HCL 355 178 6 31
LEVETIRACETAM 346 36 7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 343 121 8 32
FUROSEMIDE 339 221 9 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 304 115 10 35
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 298 82 11 36
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 297 28 R 12 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 284 68 13 14
GEMFIBROZIL 279 68 14 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 269 89 15 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 260 110 16 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 248 134 17 47
CLONIDINE HCL 244 68 18 48
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 237 52 19 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 236 150 20 49
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 234 43 21 52
OLANZAPINE 234 37 21 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 228 53 23 54
CARBAMAZEPINE 220 12 24 12
TRAZODONE HCL 218 62 25 58
MEGESTROL ACETATE 216 73 R 26 59
LOVASTATIN 214 35 27 61
BUSPIRONE HCL 214 78 27 61
TRAMADOL HCL 203 161 29 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 183 93 30 67
SERTRALINE HCL 177 32 31 49
BACLOFEN 177 42 31 23
ATENOLOL 166 73 33 69
LISINOPRIL 162 69 34 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 156 35 35 73
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 150 35 36 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 150 102 36 30
KLOR-CON 8 137 58 38 78
LAMOTRIGINE 135 11 39 9
TERAZOSIN HCL 134 86 40 79
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 133 61 41 80
FLUOXETINE HCL 130 30 42 68
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 126 0 43 83
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 123 79 44 66
IBUPROFEN 122 77 45 40
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 120 22 46 85
GLIPIZIDE 110 61 47 90
CARAFATE 109 28 48 91
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 105 25 R 49 71
SUCRALFATE 105 0 49 95
HALOPERIDOL 105 0 49 95
KETOCONAZOLE 104 94 52 98
PROAIR HFA 100 43 53 99
MELOXICAM 100 93 53 39
NAPROXEN 96 60 55 72
NEXIUM 93 59 56 100
DIOVAN 91 67 57 101
FAMOTIDINE 89 32 58 102
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 0 59 103
RANITIDINE HCL 86 21 60 105
PAROXETINE HCL 86 20 60 105
ALLOPURINOL 85 64 62 109
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 47 63 110
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 84 13 63 110
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 0 63 63
DIGOXIN 84 36 63 110
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 40 67 5
CEPHALEXIN 78 45 68 81
FINASTERIDE 77 26 69 65
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 39 70 115
SEROQUEL 74 0 71 116
THIORIDAZINE HCL 73 24 R 72 118
SINGULAIR 73 18 72 118
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 73 43 72 118
GABAPENTIN 72 38 75 2
DILANTIN 72 27 75 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 69 61 77 122
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 51 77 85
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 26 79 64
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 22 80 22
NAMENDA 66 51 80 6
CARISOPRODOL 65 38 R 82 7
LANTUS 65 55 82 125
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 63 12 84 128
ABILIFY 62 16 85 130
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 0 85 130
CICLOPIROX 61 59 87 132
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 26 88 133
MIRTAZAPINE 60 19 88 43
CYMBALTA 60 37 88 20
DICYCLOMINE HCL 59 0 91 135
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 57 29 92 137
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 20 93 139
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55 0 94 140
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 53 0 95 142
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 29 96 144
DETROL LA 51 21 97 147
DEXILANT 51 37 97 147
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 33 99 152
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 April 22, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.