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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,243Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 106

$5.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 106

803 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 803 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 803 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 3,312 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$358 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $175 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
BACLOFEN 754 118 1 13
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 516 37 S2 10 2 53
GABAPENTIN 473 176 3 2
TOPIRAMATE 470 53 4 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 462 64 S3 5 1
TRAMADOL HCL 407 128 6 25
VIMPAT 399 96 7 19
TIZANIDINE HCL 380 52 8 11
LEVETIRACETAM 323 56 9 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 304 161 10 69
LAMOTRIGINE 291 78 11 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 269 41 12 20
OXCARBAZEPINE 269 49 12 29
CARISOPRODOL 263 36 R 14 22
SERTRALINE HCL 240 51 15 32
BETASERON 238 14 10 16 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 211 21 R 17 23
CYMBALTA 209 33 18 17
PRIMIDONE 207 109 19 9
FENTANYL 201 12 S2 20 57
GILENYA 194 32 10 21 85
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 192 40 22 15
PRISTIQ ER 175 0 23 96
DONEPEZIL HCL 174 82 24 4
ROPINIROLE HCL 168 83 25 12
AMPYRA 159 0 10 26 101
PROPRANOLOL HCL 154 56 27 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 148 21 28 35
MELOXICAM 143 15 29 36
LYRICA 139 27 30 8
PREDNISONE 138 39 31 38
MODAFINIL 131 11 10 32 106
TRAZODONE HCL 121 23 33 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 120 21 34 16
BUSPIRONE HCL 119 22 35 112
VESICARE 112 25 36 114
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 110 21 S3 37 115
ABILIFY 101 33 38 71
REBIF 101 0 38 74
DEXMETHYLPHENIDATE HCL 99 0 S2 10 40 124
OXYCONTIN 94 0 S2 41 45
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 94 0 41 30
PLAVIX 93 58 43 44
OMEPRAZOLE 93 29 43 60
CLOPIDOGREL 90 48 45 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 21 46 97
NUVIGIL 85 0 47 136
NAMENDA 84 60 48 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 82 43 49 51
NEXIUM 76 34 50 65
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 76 11 R 50 26
ZONISAMIDE 73 0 52 28
DRONABINOL 73 0 52 140
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 60 54 5
METHOCARBAMOL 72 22 R 54 49
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 71 0 56 141
PAROXETINE HCL 68 14 57 80
OXYCODONE HCL 68 0 S2 57 53
DEXAMETHASONE 66 14 59 147
BUPROPION XL 66 25 59 147
LISINOPRIL 64 0 61 61
SAVELLA 63 22 62 152
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 0 63 58
PROVIGIL 61 0 10 63 155
AMANTADINE 60 23 65 42
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 57 0 S2 66 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 20 67 111
KEPPRA XR 51 20 68 165
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 51 0 68 165
NUEDEXTA 51 0 68 165
ENABLEX 50 0 71 169
LEXAPRO 50 0 71 79
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 0 71 82
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.