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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,990Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 491

$1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 491

476 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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 Texas
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 476 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 476 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,530 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$201 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $218 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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
NAMENDA 483 444 1 4
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 385 238 2 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 306 294 3 3
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 217 194 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 190 164 S3 5 6
LEVETIRACETAM 160 72 6 5
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 148 84 7 17
PRIMIDONE 133 103 8 11
TOPIRAMATE 133 55 8 7
GABAPENTIN 125 85 10 1
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 109 95 S3 11 109
OXCARBAZEPINE 106 57 12 26
PRISTIQ ER 99 88 13 104
AMANTADINE 89 67 14 35
EXELON 84 84 15 12
MELOXICAM 83 76 16 37
COPAXONE 78 11 17 39
BACLOFEN 76 40 18 21
ROPINIROLE HCL 74 72 19 9
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 71 55 20 15
CLOPIDOGREL 68 51 21 33
LYRICA 61 54 22 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 28 R 23 43
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 53 24 42
CARBAMAZEPINE 54 41 25 25
DILANTIN 54 29 25 38
PLAVIX 53 39 27 41
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.