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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,898Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 491

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 491

407 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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
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this specialty
in Texas
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 407 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 407 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 2,985 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$228 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $218 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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 Texas
LAMOTRIGINE 294 125 1 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 283 259 2 3
TOPIRAMATE 251 137 3 7
VIMPAT 221 27 4 19
GABAPENTIN 221 117 4 1
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 215 200 6 2
LEVETIRACETAM 204 49 7 5
TIZANIDINE HCL 147 48 8 20
CYMBALTA 141 82 9 13
PRIMIDONE 137 91 10 11
NAMENDA 135 134 11 4
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 124 41 R 12 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 122 53 13 9
ZONISAMIDE 116 16 14 22
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 116 18 14 29
LYRICA 101 50 16 10
BACLOFEN 98 18 17 21
CARBAMAZEPINE 95 34 18 25
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 94 93 19 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 93 59 S3 20 6
SERTRALINE HCL 88 74 21 23
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 64 22 17
LAMICTAL 83 13 23 61
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78 42 24 42
OXCARBAZEPINE 76 25 25 26
CARBATROL 72 0 26 84
COPAXONE 65 11 27 39
PROPRANOLOL HCL 64 34 28 30
TEGRETOL XR 61 0 29 58
DILANTIN 57 16 30 38
AZILECT 56 56 31 16
CARBAMAZEPINE XR 51 0 32 86
TRAZODONE HCL 50 20 33 31
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 15, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.