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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,194Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 75

$7.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 75

495 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
46% Patients 65 Years and Older

4% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

7% of this provider’s 229 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Antibiotics

6% of this provider’s 495 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 229 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

7% of this provider’s 495 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 5%.

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Brand Name Drugs

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$1408 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $145 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

$2.95M

2012

$4.01M

2013

$5.53M

2014

$7.31M

2015

Number of Claims

4,420

2012

4,329

2013

4,560

2014

5,194

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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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
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

404

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

47

patients, 9% of all patients

1 66
AMPYRA 388

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

44

patients, 9% of all patients

10 2 59
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

368

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

73

patients, 15% of all patients

3 2
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

284

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

78

patients, 16% of all patients

4 22
AUBAGIO 216

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

10 5 97
GILENYA 184

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

6 90
TECFIDERA 172

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

7 64
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

164

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

8 8
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

145

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

9 5
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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

37

patients, 7% of all patients

10 7
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

11 6
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

91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

12 1
SELEGILINE HCL 85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

13 87
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

83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

14 10
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

15 3
AZILECT

Used alone or together with... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

16 41
GALANTAMINE HBR

Galantamine is used to trea... +

Galantamine is used to treat the symptoms of 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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

17 4
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

17 60
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

19 36
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

20 19
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

P 21 12
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

P 22 28
MEMANTINE HCL

Treats moderate to severe ... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

23 9
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 March 1, 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.