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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,040Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 204

$11.7M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 204

420 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
29% Patients 65 Years and Older

40% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

6% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

17% of this provider’s 120 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 9%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%. This is far more than peers.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$1659 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $277 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$6.06M

2012

$8.46M

2013

$11.5M

2014

$11.7M

2015

Number of Claims

6,612

2012

7,091

2013

7,341

2014

7,040

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
COPAXONE

This is used to reduce the ... +

This is used to reduce the frequency of relapses (flare-ups) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RMMS). Source: National Library of Medicine

784

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

99

patients, 24% of all patients

10 1 43
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

570

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

132

patients, 31% of all patients

2 12
TECFIDERA 553

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

80

patients, 19% of all patients

10 3 32
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

457

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

106

patients, 25% of all patients

4 1
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

383

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

78

patients, 19% of all patients

5 7
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

254

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

72

patients, 17% of all patients

6 19
AUBAGIO 196

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

7 56
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

163

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

8 38
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

9 15
AMPYRA 160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

10 86
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

O 11 22
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

12 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

R 13 34
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

14 20
MODAFINIL

Treats narcolepsy, sleep ap... +

Treats narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

15 88
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

16 77
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

17 78
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

18 82
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

19 27
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

19 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

21 122
BETASERON 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 22 110
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

23 64
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

23 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

R 25 14
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

25 124
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

27 5
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

28 2
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

29 68
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 30 158
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

31 3
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 32 8
VESICARE

Solifenacin is used to trea... +

Solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

32 171
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

Treats different types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 34 37
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. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 April 5, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.