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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,440Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 75

$1.58M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 75

936 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

0% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

22% of this provider’s 902 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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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

3% of this provider’s 902 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

1% of this provider’s 936 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 5%.

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Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $145 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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

$1.7M

2012

$1.58M

2013

$1.75M

2014

$1.58M

2015

Number of Claims

16,677

2012

17,212

2013

17,784

2014

16,440

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
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

2,072

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

2,024

prescriptions.

376

patients, 40% of all patients

1 6
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

1,741

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,679

prescriptions.

346

patients, 37% of all patients

2 1
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

1,296

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,269

prescriptions.

270

patients, 29% of all patients

3 13
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

1,071

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,058

prescriptions.

179

patients, 19% of all patients

10 4 4
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

1,047

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

985

prescriptions.

156

patients, 17% of all patients

P 5 12
MEMANTINE HCL

Treats moderate to severe ... +

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

809

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

785

prescriptions.

336

patients, 36% of all patients

10 6 9
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

626

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

621

prescriptions.

201

patients, 21% of all patients

7 3
RIVASTIGMINE*

Used to treat mild to moder... +

Used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss and mental changes) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

594

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

589

prescriptions.

108

patients, 12% of all patients

10 8 37
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

580

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

553

prescriptions.

143

patients, 15% of all patients

9 24
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

363

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

342

prescriptions.

66

patients, 7% of all patients

10 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

324

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

319

prescriptions.

69

patients, 7% of all patients

11 42
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

316

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

12 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

13 56
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

221

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

216

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

14 10
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

216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

15 30
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

16 45
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

16 8
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

P 18 28
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

18 16
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

20 2
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

21 55
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

22 17
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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

23 5
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

24 51
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

25 53
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), 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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

26 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

27 35
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

28 76
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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

29 14
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM

Treats anxiety, trouble sle... +

Treats anxiety, trouble sleeping, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and certain types of epilepsy (seizures). Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

30 105
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

31 114
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

32 103
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

33 122
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

34 44
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

35 62
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

36 57
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

37 54
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

38 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

39 71
SELEGILINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

40 87
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

41 47
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 42 32
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 43 26
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 44 144
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 Sept. 25, 2014.
  • 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.