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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,207Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 54

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 54

548 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
34%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 Arkansas
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

44% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 1,886 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $224 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 Arkansas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,643 335 S3 1 7
GABAPENTIN 793 205 2 1
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 699 122 S2 3 28
CARISOPRODOL 324 28 R 4 30
TIZANIDINE HCL 302 40 5 14
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 240 151 6 2
TOPIRAMATE 217 46 7 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 207 168 8 3
ENDOCET 200 0 S2 9 54
LYRICA 193 37 10 10
LEVETIRACETAM 169 43 11 5
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 157 16 12 16
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 144 0 R 13 33
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 134 29 14 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 133 58 15 23
TRAMADOL HCL 131 51 16 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 101 0 R 17 38
SERTRALINE HCL 94 0 18 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 82 27 19 20
MELOXICAM 78 17 20 51
OXCARBAZEPINE 68 32 21 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 28 22 51
BACLOFEN 65 0 23 19
CYMBALTA 63 12 24 11
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 62 11 25 77
CARBAMAZEPINE 61 0 26 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 0 27 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 17 R 28 13
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 29 29 12
ATENOLOL 51 0 30 90
LIDODERM 50 0 31 94
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.