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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,475Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 185

$535K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 185

296 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
30% Patients 65 Years and Older

97% 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 Wisconsin
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

34% of this provider’s 296 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

16 of this provider’s 88 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

20% of this provider’s 296 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 5%.

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Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $290 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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

$277K

2012

$373K

2013

$508K

2014

$535K

2015

Number of Claims

5,419

2012

7,293

2013

8,747

2014

8,475

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
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

334

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

60

patients, 20% of all patients

1 79
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

332

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

65

patients, 22% of all patients

2 65
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

298

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

56

patients, 19% of all patients

3 67
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

291

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

65

patients, 22% of all patients

4 68
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

40

patients, 14% of all patients

5 81
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

241

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

47

patients, 16% of all patients

6 76
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

50

patients, 17% of all patients

7 72
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

43

patients, 15% of all patients

8 85
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

44

patients, 15% of all patients

9 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

33

patients, 11% of all patients

10 77
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

11 99
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

R 12 39
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

13 104
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

24

patients, 8% of all patients

14 92
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

32

patients, 11% of all patients

15 2
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

29

patients, 10% of all patients

16 120
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

38

patients, 13% of all patients

17 25
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

35

patients, 12% of all patients

18 124
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

19 128
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

20 42
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

21 102
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

22 54
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

O 23 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

24 95
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

24 95
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

26 137
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

27 109
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

28 40
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

29 139
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

30 141
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

30 141
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

30 141
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

33 98
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

33 7
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 35 13
LINZESS

Used in adults to treat irr... +

Used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C; a condition that causes stomach pain or cramps, bloating, and infrequent or difficult passage of stools) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC; difficult or infrequent passage of stools that lasts for 3 months or longer and is not caused by a disease or a medication). Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

36 152
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

O 37 24
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

Valsartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

37 153
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

39 155
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 40 117
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

42

patients, 14% of all patients

A 41 113
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

R 42 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 43 161
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 44 163
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

45 165
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 46 113
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

17

patients, 6% of all patients

47 125
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

48 173
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

49 177
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

49 177
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. 25, 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.