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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,151Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 783

$1.37M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 783

551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,058 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$150 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $231 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 California
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 933 891 1 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 637 617 2 23
NAMENDA 576 495 3 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 551 499 4 21
EXELON 322 321 5 12
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 314 295 6 1
LAMOTRIGINE 289 182 7 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 253 100 S3 8 7
TOPIRAMATE 252 132 9 6
LEVETIRACETAM 235 147 10 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 228 182 11 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 225 155 12 20
SEROQUEL 220 215 13 54
LEXAPRO 218 212 14 59
LYRICA 217 145 15 16
OLANZAPINE 188 183 16 83
TRAZODONE HCL 170 137 17 36
GABAPENTIN 167 115 18 3
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 130 67 19 46
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 125 106 20 8
TRAMADOL HCL 120 101 21 31
RISPERIDONE 114 108 22 43
ABILIFY 100 74 23 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 92 82 24 10
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 90 55 25 99
GALANTAMINE HBR 84 80 26 34
CYMBALTA 83 44 27 18
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 78 31 S3 28 60
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 75 54 S2 29 104
VIMPAT 74 23 30 32
OXCARBAZEPINE 74 22 30 37
DOXEPIN HCL 65 54 32 111
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 61 43 33 29
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 0 R 34 155
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.