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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,834Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 576

$3.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 576

1,667 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

57% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,536 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

3% of this provider’s 1,536 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

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

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$203 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $299 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$2.17M

2012

$2.37M

2013

$2.66M

2014

$3.42M

2015

Number of Claims

16,047

2012

16,733

2013

17,156

2014

16,834

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

2,589

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

2,518

prescriptions.

523

patients, 31% of all patients

10 1 2
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

1,853

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,841

prescriptions.

338

patients, 20% of all patients

2 5
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

1,162

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,148

prescriptions.

187

patients, 11% of all patients

3 3
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

1,161

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,156

prescriptions.

221

patients, 13% of all patients

10 4 14
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,096

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

984

prescriptions.

237

patients, 14% of all patients

5 1
ZONISAMIDE

Treats partial seizures in ... +

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

548

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

472

prescriptions.

75

patients, 4% of all patients

10 6 50
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

538

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

515

prescriptions.

97

patients, 6% of all patients

10 7 8
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

469

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

446

prescriptions.

128

patients, 8% of all patients

8 66
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

438

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

433

prescriptions.

83

patients, 5% of all patients

P 9 18
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

434

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

429

prescriptions.

63

patients, 4% of all patients

10 21
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

429

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

429

prescriptions.

130

patients, 8% of all patients

11 13
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

306

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

12 25
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

304

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

50

patients, 3% of all patients

13 10
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

283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

65

patients, 4% of all patients

14 11
AZILECT

Used alone or together with... +

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

267

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

15 31
MEMANTINE HCL

Treats moderate to severe ... +

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

206

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

70

patients, 4% of all patients

16 35
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

203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

17 20
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

18 7
PHENOBARBITAL

Used to control seizures. P... +

Used to control seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

R 19 60
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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

20 22
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

21 6
FOLIC ACID 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

22 83
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

25

patients, 1% of all patients

23 62
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

24 38
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

25 39
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

26 15
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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

27 19
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

28 4
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

29 17
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

30 47
RIVASTIGMINE* 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

55

patients, 3% of all patients

31 140
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

32 48
AGGRENOX

Used to prevent strokes in ... +

Used to prevent strokes in patients with blood flow disorders or a history of blood clots. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

32 101
NEUPRO 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

34 57
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

R 35 51
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

36 45
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

37 59
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

38 68
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

39 52
COPAXONE

This is used to reduce the ... +

This is used to reduce the frequency of relapses (flare-ups) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RMMS). Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 40 36
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 41 70
DILANTIN*

Treats seizures. This medic... +

Treats seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 42 99
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

43 73
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 44 37
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 45 23
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 June 24, 2008.
  • 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.