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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,537Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 576

$1.59M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 576

1,864 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

55% 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 Florida
lower than average

Antipsychotics

4% of this provider’s 1,645 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Antibiotics

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

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 1,645 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

1% of this provider’s 1,864 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 9%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$118 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $299 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$901K

2012

$1.06M

2013

$1.26M

2014

$1.59M

2015

Number of Claims

9,049

2012

8,900

2013

10,882

2014

13,537

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
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

2,248

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

2,156

prescriptions.

555

patients, 30% of all patients

1 2
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,412

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

1,372

prescriptions.

276

patients, 15% of all patients

2 3
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,238

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,084

prescriptions.

329

patients, 18% of all patients

3 1
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

1,171

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

791

prescriptions.

194

patients, 10% of all patients

4 4
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

745

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

740

prescriptions.

219

patients, 12% of all patients

5 13
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

659

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

604

prescriptions.

131

patients, 7% of all patients

10 6 8
MEMANTINE HCL

Treats moderate to severe ... +

Treats moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

607

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

588

prescriptions.

222

patients, 12% of all patients

7 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

65

patients, 3% of all patients

P 8 18
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

256

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

53

patients, 3% of all patients

9 14
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

238

prescriptions.

45

patients, 2% of all patients

10 21
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

11 5
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

39

patients, 2% of all patients

12 6
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

13 62
NEUPRO 194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

40

patients, 2% of all patients

10 14 57
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED

Phenytoin is used to contro... +

Phenytoin is used to control certain type of seizures, and to treat and prevent seizures that may begin during or after surgery to the brain or nervous system. Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

15 45
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

16 27
GALANTAMINE HBR

Galantamine is used to trea... +

Galantamine is used to treat the symptoms of 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

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

17 33
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

18 10
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

R 19 49
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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

40

patients, 2% of all patients

20 11
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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

27

patients, 1% of all patients

21 38
AZILECT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

22 31
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

23 47
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

23 17
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

25 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

26 48
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

27 25
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

28 22
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

29 19
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

29 52
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

31 70
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL

Trihexyphenidyl is used to ... +

Trihexyphenidyl is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and tremors caused by other medical problems or drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

R 32 98
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

33 7
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

34 39
DILANTIN*

Treats seizures. This medic... +

Treats seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 35 99
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 Oct. 11, 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.
  • 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.