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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,626Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 518

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 518

449 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Texas
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs*

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$315 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $245 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Texas
DONEPEZIL HCL 336 313 73 1 2
NAMENDA 280 265 50 2 3
EXELON 252 237 43 3 11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 248 243* 55 4 5
GABAPENTIN 224 167 52 5 1
LEVETIRACETAM 165 76 29 6 4
SERTRALINE HCL 162 162 27 7 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 119 104 24 8 12
LYRICA 111 87 25 9 9
TOPIRAMATE 100 61 21 10 7
AZILECT 92 87* 21 11 16
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 91 91 18 12 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 84 70 20 A 13 20
PREDNISONE 82 67 27 14 49
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 67 62* 15 15 34
CARBAMAZEPINE 62 40 12 16 31
CLOPIDOGREL 58 53* 12 17 19
ARICEPT 56 51* 14 18 62
LAMOTRIGINE 55 <11 <11 19 13
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 <11 <11 20 21
RIVASTIGMINE 52 <11 <11 21 63
CYMBALTA 51 46* 17 22 15
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Oct. 17, 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.