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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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5,942Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 183

$1.52M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 183

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
45% Patients 65 Years and Older

76% 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 Tennessee
lower than average

Antipsychotics

23% of this provider’s 147 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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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

10% of this provider’s 147 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$256 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $326 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

$1.28M

2012

$1.44M

2013

$1.57M

2014

$1.52M

2015

Number of Claims

5,371

2012

5,600

2013

6,262

2014

5,942

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
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

474

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

67

patients, 20% of all patients

1 7
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

301

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

62

patients, 19% of all patients

2 86
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

227

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

41

patients, 12% of all patients

3 1
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

171

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

P 4 78
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

163

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

5 3
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

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

6 92
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

7 37
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

7 8
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

115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

9 72
VIMPAT

Used to control partial sei... +

Used to control partial seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

10 13
ZONISAMIDE

Treats partial seizures in ... +

Treats partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

10 24
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

105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

12 2
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

13 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

14 27
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

14 41
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

16 35
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

16 21
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

93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

P 18 17
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

92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

19 28
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 20 6
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

21 101
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

22 93
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

23 14
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 24 109
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 25 25
NUVIGIL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 26 110
ZIPRASIDONE HCL

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 P 27 111
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 28 29
STRATTERA 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 29 151
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 30 22
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 30 156
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 32 9
SAPHRIS 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

P 33 165
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 Jan. 2, 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.