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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurological Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,190Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 54

$1.63M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 54

474 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 Missouri
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 22%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 474 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 43%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,891 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 6%.

Prescription Price

$227 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $133 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


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 Missouri
LEVETIRACETAM 555 155 1 3
LAMOTRIGINE 431 132 2 5
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 361 107 3 11
TOPIRAMATE 327 70 4 7
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 289 253 5 4
BACLOFEN 279 104 6 10
GABAPENTIN 235 98 7 2
PRIMIDONE 202 100 8 9
DILANTIN 192 64 9 20
NAMENDA 154 118 10 8
ZONISAMIDE 154 0 10 18
CARBAMAZEPINE 154 49 10 18
VIMPAT 132 12 13 32
TRAMADOL HCL 123 55 14 14
COPAXONE 121 25 15 26
ROPINIROLE HCL 119 83 16 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 116 52 17 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 68 S3 18 1
LYRICA 115 17 18 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 100 20 12
SERTRALINE HCL 76 42 21 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 32 R 22 13
PREDNISONE 73 38 22 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL 72 25 24 42
CYMBALTA 70 37 25 31
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 69 31 26 43
PROPRANOLOL HCL 65 27 27 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 0 28 24
AZILECT 64 52 28 23
MIRTAZAPINE 63 56 30 45
OXCARBAZEPINE 60 24 31 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 56 56 32 50
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 55 43 33 53
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 37 33 53
GILENYA 51 0 35 57
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 5, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.