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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,983Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 168

$904K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 168

573 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
52%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 Indiana
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 573 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

9% of this provider’s 2,583 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$130 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $223 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Indiana
GABAPENTIN 538 254 1 1
PRIMIDONE 400 206 10 2 11
TIZANIDINE HCL 320 96 3 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 314 220 4 4
LYRICA 299 53 5 12
TOPIRAMATE 256 14 6 6
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 254 190 7 3
LEVETIRACETAM 212 62 8 2
BACLOFEN 202 34 9 10
CYMBALTA 200 48 10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 190 71 11 28
CARISOPRODOL 187 36 R 12 50
LAMOTRIGINE 170 23 13 8
ROPINIROLE HCL 154 97 14 9
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 153 38 R 15 19
SERTRALINE HCL 149 66 16 24
NAMENDA 148 120 17 5
METHOCARBAMOL 144 52 R 18 46
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 129 34 S3 19 7
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 126 26 R 20 90
TRAZODONE HCL 107 22 21 33
MELOXICAM 99 47 22 81
CARBAMAZEPINE 96 27 23 25
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 94 15 R 24 82
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 87 38 R 25 36
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 35 26 17
ZONISAMIDE 76 0 27 31
DILANTIN 75 34 28 15
MECLIZINE HCL 70 29 29 67
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 68 27 30 86
HYDROXYZINE HCL 67 0 R 31 111
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 66 0 32 22
BUSPIRONE HCL 60 0 33 51
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 53 26 34 132
OXCARBAZEPINE 53 25 34 18
GILENYA 50 0 36 61
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 Aug. 9, 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.