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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,846Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 518

$635K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 153 out of 518

381 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

3% of this provider’s 381 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 381 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$165 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $245 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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
GABAPENTIN 258 194 58 1 1
CLONAZEPAM 205 140 46 B 2 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 55 33 S3 3 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 141 136* 38 4 2
NAMENDA 139 127 28 5 3
LEVETIRACETAM 132 72 24 6 4
BACLOFEN 118 19 22 7 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 112 112 27 8 5
TRAZODONE HCL 90 61 18 9 37
LAMOTRIGINE 85 16 14 10 13
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 79 79 16 11 40
SERTRALINE HCL 79 62 20 11 27
TOPIRAMATE 76 43 14 13 7
PRIMIDONE 74 43 17 14 10
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 64* 18 15 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 15 15 15 35
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 68 54 11 17 14
CYMBALTA 65 44 16 18 15
ALPRAZOLAM 60 40 14 B 19 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER 59 54* 16 20 17
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 58 32 11 21 39
ZONISAMIDE 57 <11 <11 22 29
DIAZEPAM 50 <11 17 B 23 50
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 Jan. 17, 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.