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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,049Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills
$1.73M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions
374 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56% Patients 65 Years and Older

59% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income 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

$1.02M

2012

$1.31M

2013

$1.55M

2014

$1.73M

2015

Number of Claims

4,747

2012

5,068

2013

4,946

2014

5,049

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. 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.

Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

284

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

42

patients, 11% of all patients

GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

284

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

52

patients, 14% of all patients

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

249

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

50

patients, 13% of all patients

BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

174

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

36

patients, 10% of all patients

LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

141

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

141

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

O
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

132

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

Treats certain types of seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

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

89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

R
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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

R
ZONISAMIDE

Treats partial seizures in ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

DILANTIN*

Treats seizures. This medic... +

Treats seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

O
ONFI 60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

R
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

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 Feb. 24, 2015.
  • 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.