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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,726Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 271

$7.6M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 271

707 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
13%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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 Michigan
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 707 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

49% of this provider’s 707 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,138 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$320 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $293 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 Michigan
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,129 178 S3 1 4
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 651 49 S2 2 30
MELOXICAM 646 52 3 39
OXYCONTIN 634 54 S2 4 36
LIDODERM 573 47 5 55
SOLARAZE 534 28 10 6 57
VIMPAT 437 37 7 17
TRAMADOL HCL 404 58 8 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 378 66 9 35
LIDOCAINE 358 22 10 72
TIZANIDINE HCL 346 20 11 29
GABAPENTIN 340 44 12 2
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 340 0 R 12 25
TOPIRAMATE 338 57 14 6
VIIBRYD 338 25 10 14 76
METHADONE HCL 328 0 S2 16 46
CYMBALTA 323 36 17 27
LEVETIRACETAM 312 45 18 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 298 36 19 60
NAMENDA 287 27 20 8
LYRICA 286 14 21 14
CARISOPRODOL 284 16 R 22 32
BACLOFEN 279 14 23 9
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 261 32 S2 24 45
SAVELLA 248 0 10 25 87
SIMVASTATIN 222 23 26 53
FENTANYL 200 17 S2 27 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 198 17 28 101
AMPYRA 197 0 10 29 52
OXYCODONE HCL 192 0 S2 30 26
OMEPRAZOLE 189 0 31 58
IBUPROFEN 186 0 32 49
MORPHINE SULFATE 174 0 S2 33 80
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 160 0 34 42
LISINOPRIL 148 25 35 59
NEXIUM 145 24 36 113
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 142 0 37 66
KADIAN 128 0 S2 10 38 118
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 127 0 39 18
PAROXETINE HCL 126 14 40 62
FUROSEMIDE 119 15 41 94
LUNESTA 117 0 42 106
VOLTAREN 116 21 43 124
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 114 0 R 44 109
PIROXICAM 114 13 44 125
ETODOLAC 114 17 44 96
METHOCARBAMOL 114 12 R 44 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 0 48 126
AMITIZA 112 0 49 127
LOVAZA 111 0 50 128
TRAZODONE HCL 111 20 50 37
PROAIR HFA 110 0 52 129
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 108 13 53 67
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 0 54 134
LAMOTRIGINE 105 0 55 7
ATENOLOL 104 0 56 103
CARBAMAZEPINE 104 0 56 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 104 22 56 16
ANDROGEL 101 0 S3 59 136
CELEBREX 99 0 60 137
NUVIGIL 98 0 10 61 138
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 97 0 R 62 23
ENDOCET 97 0 S2 62 100
OPANA ER 96 0 S2 64 97
MODAFINIL 95 0 10 65 141
SERTRALINE HCL 95 21 65 31
PROPRANOLOL HCL 94 22 67 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 0 68 19
BUPROPION XL 91 0 68 77
DEXILANT 86 0 70 144
GILENYA 82 0 71 91
RANITIDINE HCL 79 15 72 147
EXALGO 78 0 S2 73 149
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 75 21 74 97
COPAXONE 74 0 75 10
BUSPIRONE HCL 74 0 75 114
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 73 0 77 89
XENAZINE 72 12 78 107
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 72 0 R 78 119
TESTIM 71 17 80 155
PENNSAID 70 0 81 156
OXCARBAZEPINE 68 0 82 20
MAXALT 65 0 83 157
LAMICTAL XR 64 11 84 120
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE 64 24 S2 84 159
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 62 0 S2 86 90
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 0 86 160
MIRTAZAPINE 62 0 86 65
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 20 89 5
INDOMETHACIN 60 0 R 90 121
XYREM 59 22 91 131
SAPHRIS 58 0 92 164
PROVIGIL 58 0 10 92 164
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 12 92 164
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 0 95 169
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 0 96 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 55 0 97 102
PROMETHAZINE HCL 54 0 R 98 171
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 52 11 S3 99 111
MAXALT MLT 51 0 100 176
SPIRIVA 50 0 101 178
METAXALONE 50 0 R 101 178
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 Jan. 23, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.