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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,820Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 47

$2.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 47

367 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 Utah
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$531 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $309 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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 Utah
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 295 281 53 1 1
TOPIRAMATE 199 52 40 2 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 190 185* 40 3 5
AZILECT 180 175* 38 4 13
LEVETIRACETAM 175 121 29 5 3
LAMOTRIGINE 140 40 23 6 4
NAMENDA 138 133* 28 7 12
SIMVASTATIN 107 85 24 8 47
VIMPAT 102 21 19 9 8
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 102 73 25 R 9 26
GABAPENTIN 94 54 26 11 2
SAVELLA 90 67 13 12 52
NAMENDA XR 88 88 34 13 53
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 84 60 20 14 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 84 <11 14 14 21
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER 82 77* 15 16 9
BACLOFEN 77 <11 12 17 14
CYMBALTA 76 62 16 18 24
PROPRANOLOL HCL 74 49 16 19 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 66 66 13 A 20 27
LYRICA 63 36 22 21 16
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 July 8, 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.