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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,307Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 106

$790K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 106

727 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
39%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

37% of this provider’s 727 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 2,455 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$95 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $175 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,530 190 S3 1 1
GABAPENTIN 847 291 2 2
TIZANIDINE HCL 752 108 3 11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 375 359 4 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 339 297 5 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 296 80 6 16
TOPIRAMATE 280 25 7 6
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 274 68 R 8 26
CLOPIDOGREL 196 120 9 33
LEVETIRACETAM 189 39 10 3
CYMBALTA 136 0 11 17
LYRICA 135 69 12 8
ROPINIROLE HCL 129 11 13 12
METHOCARBAMOL 127 21 R 14 49
PLAVIX 124 67 15 44
ZONISAMIDE 124 23 15 28
NAMENDA 120 92 17 7
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 116 13 18 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 115 18 19 37
CARBAMAZEPINE 89 43 20 27
CARISOPRODOL 82 0 R 21 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 18 21 20
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 76 26 23 40
MELOXICAM 75 0 24 36
MECLIZINE HCL 75 43 24 88
VOLTAREN 70 32 26 70
DILANTIN 70 0 26 39
LIDOCAINE 69 32 28 144
GAMMAGARD LIQUID 63 0 29 104
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 62 0 30 15
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 18 R 31 14
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 0 R 31 23
PRIMIDONE 61 0 31 9
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 57 35 34 21
EXELON 54 45 35 31
ACETAZOLAMIDE 53 0 36 118
BACLOFEN 50 0 37 13
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 June 21, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.