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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,773Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 245

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 245

807 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44%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 North Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 807 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 807 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 4,828 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $230 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
RISPERIDONE 1,254 419 1 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 756 321 2 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 681 279 3 18
HALOPERIDOL 640 258 4 55
CLOZAPINE 462 66 5 64
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 440 91 R 6 57
TRAZODONE HCL 415 130 7 27
LOXAPINE 394 172 10 8 83
SIMVASTATIN 335 115 9 60
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 300 95 10 94
OLANZAPINE 287 93 11 81
SEROQUEL 285 146 12 76
OMEPRAZOLE 264 62 13 61
LISINOPRIL 236 62 14 68
METFORMIN HCL 205 41 15 108
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 205 57 15 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 200 68 17 63
FUROSEMIDE 195 84 18 75
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 186 98 19 47
SERTRALINE HCL 184 73 20 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 176 37 21 19
MIRTAZAPINE 166 72 22 48
GABAPENTIN 155 29 23 1
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 151 71 24 116
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 147 74 25 93
LACTULOSE 135 27 26 118
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 51 27 100
TAMSULOSIN HCL 118 54 28 122
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 0 29 112
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 112 20 30 114
CYMBALTA 110 43 31 14
ABILIFY 103 22 32 96
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 26 33 111
LITHIUM CARBONATE 101 28 33 107
FLUOXETINE HCL 101 0 33 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 34 S3 36 7
KLOR-CON M20 86 40 37 134
CLONIDINE HCL 78 17 38 136
BUSPIRONE HCL 77 14 39 91
RANITIDINE HCL 75 25 40 138
HALOPERIDOL LACTATE 75 42 40 138
IBUPROFEN 74 12 42 120
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 34 43 3
OLANZAPINE ODT 70 14 44 142
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 36 44 142
LEVETIRACETAM 69 22 46 4
PERPHENAZINE 68 0 47 144
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 19 48 152
LOVASTATIN 61 18 49 154
TRAMADOL HCL 61 19 49 21
FAMOTIDINE 60 29 51 155
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 0 R 52 15
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 0 R 52 123
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 14 54 25
NOVOLIN R 57 12 55 158
FLUPHENAZINE DECANOATE 54 16 56 165
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 100 54 0 56 165
BUPROPION HCL SR 54 25 56 103
LOVAZA 53 14 59 169
SEROQUEL XR 53 13 59 169
PAROXETINE HCL 52 24 61 128
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 19 62 175
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 10, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.