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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,438Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 245

$788K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 38 out of 245

422 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 422 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 2,853 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

$178 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $230 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 371 341 1 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 311 305 2 3
NAMENDA 212 202 3 5
GABAPENTIN 208 132 4 1
TOPIRAMATE 175 36 5 6
SERTRALINE HCL 145 116 6 24
EXELON 130 124 7 20
LAMOTRIGINE 123 53 8 8
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 122 64 R 9 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 66 10 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 34 S3 11 7
BACLOFEN 94 17 12 12
LEVETIRACETAM 78 42 13 4
CYMBALTA 77 61 14 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 59 15 18
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 65 44 16 41
OXCARBAZEPINE 63 33 17 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 51 18 10
PRIMIDONE 60 37 18 9
CARBAMAZEPINE XR 59 0 20 124
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 59 50 20 16
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 19 22 13
LYRICA 56 34 23 11
AMANTADINE 55 40 24 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 52 19 25 19
TRAMADOL HCL 52 41 25 21
ZONISAMIDE 51 15 27 34
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 50 20 28 26
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 1, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.