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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,077Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 106

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 106

733 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 Alabama
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 733 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,345 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$198 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $175 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 Alabama
DONEPEZIL HCL 413 387 1 4
TOPIRAMATE 363 82 2 6
GABAPENTIN 314 192 3 2
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 312 289 4 5
LEVETIRACETAM 284 98 5 3
NAMENDA 279 261 6 7
LAMOTRIGINE 213 52 7 10
OXCARBAZEPINE 183 106 8 29
TIMOLOL MALEATE 178 135 9 94
CARBAMAZEPINE 149 23 10 27
TRAMADOL HCL 134 51 11 25
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 126 65 12 40
RISPERIDONE 106 79 13 75
CYMBALTA 99 31 14 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 69 14 16
BACLOFEN 95 14 16 13
LYRICA 94 53 17 8
PRIMIDONE 89 73 18 9
CLOPIDOGREL 86 61 19 33
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 77 35 20 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 41 S3 21 1
TIZANIDINE HCL 68 22 22 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 55 22 12
MELOXICAM 63 33 24 36
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 59 48 R 25 77
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 57 43 26 47
EXELON 56 56 27 31
AZILECT 55 51 28 56
PLAVIX 52 43 29 44
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 Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.