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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,494Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 122 out of 576

$401K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 309 out of 576

487 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

10% 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 Florida
lower than average

Antipsychotics

7% of this provider’s 474 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 487 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$115 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $299 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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

$375K

2012

$402K

2013

$422K

2014

$401K

2015

Number of Claims

2,937

2012

3,407

2013

3,676

2014

3,494

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
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

709

prescriptions, 20% of all prescriptions

704

prescriptions.

179

patients, 37% of all patients

1 2
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

410

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

410

prescriptions.

79

patients, 16% of all patients

2 5
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

389

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

389

prescriptions.

76

patients, 16% of all patients

3 20
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

4 13
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

128

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

5 3
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

114

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

6 24
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

107

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

7 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

8 19
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

9 14
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

95

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

10 1
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

91

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

11 4
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

12 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

P 13 18
MEMANTINE HCL

Treats moderate to severe ... +

Treats moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

14 35
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

62

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

15 7
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

16 12
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 Aug. 24, 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.