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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,405Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 54

$997K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 54

550 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,088 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$184 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $217 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Kansas
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 584 524 1 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 308 281 2 4
LEVETIRACETAM 281 94 3 3
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 261 155 4 14
GABAPENTIN 258 155 5 2
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 224 14 6 10
CARBAMAZEPINE 199 55 7 15
BACLOFEN 186 63 8 9
ROPINIROLE HCL 168 144 9 11
PRIMIDONE 146 118 10 8
TOPIRAMATE 132 12 11 6
NAMENDA 130 114 12 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 110 14 13 21
LAMOTRIGINE 110 0 13 7
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 109 104 15 13
DILANTIN 101 69 16 16
AMANTADINE 89 79 17 19
ZONISAMIDE 84 0 18 28
GALANTAMINE HBR 84 84 18 54
CYMBALTA 83 64 20 27
EXELON 83 78 20 17
SERTRALINE HCL 80 47 22 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 49 R 23 12
SELEGILINE HCL 64 62 24 35
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 63 48 25 48
DEPAKOTE ER 61 12 26 45
AZILECT 58 55 27 22
VALPROIC ACID 56 11 28 79
TIZANIDINE HCL 56 0 28 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 55 32 30 20
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 54 37 31 38
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.