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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,234Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 783

$813K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 64 out of 783

693 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 693 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,104 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$99 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $231 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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
NAMENDA 916 884 1 4
GABAPENTIN 804 674 2 3
LEVETIRACETAM 579 266 3 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 554 543 4 2
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 404 361 5 1
SERTRALINE HCL 402 341 6 26
TOPIRAMATE 270 59 7 6
RISPERIDONE 251 241 8 43
AGGRENOX 242 215 10 9 47
MIRTAZAPINE 241 206 10 41
PRIMIDONE 181 144 11 13
CARBAMAZEPINE 173 34 12 14
LAMOTRIGINE 166 36 13 9
EXELON 158 158 14 12
MEGESTROL ACETATE 130 130 R 15 106
CLOPIDOGREL 129 87 16 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 119 112 17 21
COMTAN 112 106 18 39
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 101 51 19 15
PLAVIX 101 78 19 45
TRAMADOL HCL 92 56 21 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 78 40 22 22
PAROXETINE HCL 77 54 23 44
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 67 24 23
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 65 58 25 8
BACLOFEN 64 48 26 17
VENLAFAXINE HCL 62 58 27 148
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 40 R 28 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 52 S3 29 7
CYMBALTA 57 30 30 18
OXCARBAZEPINE 56 41 31 37
SEROQUEL 54 54 32 54
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 54 15 32 24
ZONISAMIDE 52 0 34 35
BUPROPION HCL 52 47 34 130
VIMPAT 50 0 36 32
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 Nov. 29, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.