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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,761Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 101

$2.73M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 101

497 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63% Patients 65 Years and Older

58% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in South Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 311 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

5% of this provider’s 497 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 10%.

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Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$574 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $324 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$272K

2012

$770K

2013

$1.4M

2014

$2.73M

2015

Number of Claims

1,078

2012

2,061

2013

3,872

2014

4,761

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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O

An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
VIMPAT

Used to control partial sei... +

Used to control partial seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

321

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

1 14
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

304

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

2 2
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

303

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

66

patients, 13% of all patients

3 4
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

50

patients, 10% of all patients

4 3
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

5 5
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

165

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

6 11
AZILECT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

7 50
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

8 1
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

9 8
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

10 6
TROKENDI XR 99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

10 11 106
AMPYRA 80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

12 90
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

Nortriptyline is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

13 37
PHENOBARBITAL

Used to control seizures. P... +

Used to control seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 13 48
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

15 23
GILENYA 74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 16 69
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED

Phenytoin is used to contro... +

Phenytoin is used to control certain type of seizures, and to treat and prevent seizures that may begin during or after surgery to the brain or nervous system. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

17 34
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

18 10
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

O 19 24
NEUPRO 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

20 73
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

21 17
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

Treats different types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

22 36
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

23 29
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 June 15, 2016.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.