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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,529Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 201

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 201

619 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
52% Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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 Virginia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 619 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 619 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$274 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $257 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 Virginia
GABAPENTIN 298 173 86 1 1
LEVETIRACETAM 218 85 43 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 195 55 48 S3 3 10
LYRICA 143 85 35 4 13
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 140 43 24 5 18
LAMOTRIGINE 139 47 24 6 7
CLONAZEPAM 128 90 32 B 7 9
CLOPIDOGREL 127 107 28 8 21
TOPIRAMATE 125 40 32 9 6
NAMENDA 124 110 21 10 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 113 108* 30 11 4
METHADONE HCL 105 52 21 S2 12 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 28 28 R 13 23
TRAMADOL HCL 100 49 35 14 29
ALPRAZOLAM 89 32 20 B 15 30
CARBAMAZEPINE 86 23 14 16 17
BACLOFEN 86 37 23 16 11
VIMPAT 84 19 15 18 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 57 17 19 2
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 68 23 13 20 36
ZONISAMIDE 67 16 15 21 32
SERTRALINE HCL 67 29 15 21 33
TRAZODONE HCL 66 22 12 23 40
LORAZEPAM 62 21 16 B 24 42
COPAXONE 61 <11 <11 25 39
PHENOBARBITAL 61 24 15 R 25 43
ARICEPT 60 <11 <11 27 119
PRIMIDONE 59 30 15 28 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 59 <11 11 28 19
CYMBALTA 52 28 12 30 14
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 March 4, 2015.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.