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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,207Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 302

$720K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 302

260 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
31%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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 Ohio
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

15% of this provider’s 1,178 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$138 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $245 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 Ohio
CARISOPRODOL 367 60 R 1 50
GABAPENTIN 349 76 2 2
TIZANIDINE HCL 341 51 3 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 68 S3 4 9
LYRICA 238 30 5 12
TOPIRAMATE 223 38 6 5
METHOCARBAMOL 175 28 R 7 54
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 95 8 4
LIDODERM 171 42 9 102
CYMBALTA 160 48 10 27
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 150 52 R 11 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 131 25 12 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 22 13 10
LEVETIRACETAM 114 0 14 3
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 34 R 15 36
SAVELLA 100 16 16 107
ZONISAMIDE 98 13 17 30
BACLOFEN 97 38 18 11
NAMENDA 75 36 19 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 74 28 20 16
SERTRALINE HCL 74 18 20 34
OXCARBAZEPINE 73 15 22 15
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 67 0 23 38
TRAMADOL HCL 66 0 24 29
TRAZODONE HCL 63 36 25 32
MAXALT MLT 53 0 26 178
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 0 27 31
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 March 11, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.