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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,939Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 96

$613K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 96

399 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
41%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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 South Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 399 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 399 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 1,553 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$124 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $214 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 South Carolina
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 259 60 10 1 28
TOPIRAMATE 257 12 2 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 232 59 3 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 186 29 R 4 20
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 172 82 5 27
GABAPENTIN 163 68 6 1
VERAPAMIL ER 159 22 7 65
LEVETIRACETAM 155 35 8 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 43 S3 9 5
PROPRANOLOL HCL 137 50 10 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 127 32 11 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 47 12 30
TRAMADOL HCL 107 58 13 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 79 14 4
CARBAMAZEPINE 92 0 15 17
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 86 33 16 16
CYMBALTA 83 12 17 13
LAMOTRIGINE 71 0 18 8
EXELON 66 54 19 18
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 61 11 20 100
OXCARBAZEPINE 58 35 21 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 39 21 3
LYRICA 58 0 21 9
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 42 21 22
TIZANIDINE HCL 56 13 25 10
NAMENDA 54 38 26 7
SAVELLA 50 12 27 75
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. 16, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.