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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,697Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 314

$1.6M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 314

198 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
40% Patients 65 Years and Older

73% 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 Michigan
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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

46% of this provider’s 198 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 8%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$280 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $429 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$671K

2012

$984K

2013

$1.23M

2014

$1.6M

2015

Number of Claims

5,307

2012

5,923

2013

5,606

2014

5,697

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

407

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

74

patients, 37% of all patients

O 1 6
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

260

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

47

patients, 24% of all patients

2 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

237

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

43

patients, 22% of all patients

3 1
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

203

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

35

patients, 18% of all patients

4 44
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

23

patients, 12% of all patients

5 88
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

184

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

26

patients, 13% of all patients

6 8
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

174

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

35

patients, 18% of all patients

7 4
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

169

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

39

patients, 20% of all patients

O 8 27
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

165

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

27

patients, 14% of all patients

9 16
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

162

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

36

patients, 18% of all patients

10 80
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

24

patients, 12% of all patients

11 94
VIMPAT

Used to control partial sei... +

Used to control partial seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

25

patients, 13% of all patients

12 13
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

25

patients, 13% of all patients

13 35
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

21

patients, 11% of all patients

14 3
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

114

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 9% of all patients

15 9
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

18

patients, 9% of all patients

16 43
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

21

patients, 11% of all patients

17 11
VERAPAMIL ER

Verapamil is used to treat ... +

Verapamil is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

18 109
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

16

patients, 8% of all patients

19 31
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

19

patients, 10% of all patients

20 17
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

18

patients, 9% of all patients

21 52
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

22 30
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 22 19
ZONISAMIDE

Treats partial seizures in ... +

Treats partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 24 29
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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 9% of all patients

R 25 36
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED

Phenytoin is used to contro... +

Phenytoin is used to control certain type of seizures, and to treat and prevent seizures that may begin during or after surgery to the brain or nervous system. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

26 21
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

Treats muscle pain and spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 10% of all patients

R 27 141
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

11

patients, 6% of all patients

27 37
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 6% of all patients

29 14
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE

Prochlorperazine suppositor... +

Prochlorperazine suppositories and tablets are used to control severe nausea and vomiting. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 29 179
APTIOM 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 8% of all patients

31 145
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. 20, 2012.
  • 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.