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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,708Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 71

$298K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 71

412 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
2% 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 Puerto Rico
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 412 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 4,047 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 34%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $113 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 Puerto Rico
GABAPENTIN 479 241 1 3
TIZANIDINE HCL 408 170 2 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 353 341 3 1
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 324 149 4 11
NAMENDA 305 292 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 257 160 6 13
DIPYRIDAMOLE 244 158 R 7 81
OMEPRAZOLE 207 91 8 36
ETODOLAC 192 74 9 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 169 99 10 59
LEVETIRACETAM 155 72 11 9
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 116 53 12 48
MECLIZINE HCL 113 56 13 54
OXCARBAZEPINE 109 60 14 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 68 15 52
AGGRENOX 95 87 16 89
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 52 17 72
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 82 14 R 18 39
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 76 40 19 8
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 71 32 20 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 56 21 15
CARBAMAZEPINE 68 20 22 57
NABUMETONE 67 27 23 31
RANITIDINE HCL 67 40 23 24
METFORMIN HCL 66 57 25 106
DILANTIN 59 33 26 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 58 46 27 146
SYNTHROID 54 25 28 55
LAMOTRIGINE 54 0 28 21
CLOPIDOGREL 52 46 30 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 51 45 31 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 40 32 116
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 June 10, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.