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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,488Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 38

$2.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 38

349 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50% Patients 65 Years and Older

65% 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 Maine
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

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

16 of this provider’s 173 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

15 of this provider’s 349 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$749 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $518 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$1.64M

2012

$1.88M

2013

$2.23M

2014

$2.61M

2015

Number of Claims

3,337

2012

3,362

2013

3,574

2014

3,488

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
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

226

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

39

patients, 11% of all patients

1 3
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

179

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

36

patients, 10% of all patients

2 1
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

136

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

39

patients, 11% of all patients

3 2
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

4 4
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

5 15
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

5 8
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

99

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

7 5
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

95

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

8 40
COPAXONE

This is used to reduce the ... +

This is used to reduce the frequency of relapses (flare-ups) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RMMS). Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

9 17
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

10 11
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 11 10
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

12 30
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE

Sumatriptan is used to trea... +

Sumatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes is accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

13 26
TECFIDERA 71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 13 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

68

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 15 21
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

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

66

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 16 33
GILENYA 65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 17 64
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

18 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

62

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 19 14
PHENOBARBITAL

Used to control seizures. P... +

Used to control seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 R 20 37
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

21 6
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 22 47
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 July 19, 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.
  • 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.