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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,473Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 197

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 197

585 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74% Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 Georgia
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 585 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 585 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$206 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $214 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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 Georgia
DONEPEZIL HCL 402 386 82 1 2
NAMENDA 350 337 67 2 4
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 291 286* 60 3 5
GABAPENTIN 215 153 58 4 1
CLOPIDOGREL 211 183 36 5 16
LEVETIRACETAM 207 87 44 6 3
CLONAZEPAM 188 119 37 B 7 7
TIZANIDINE HCL 134 49 29 8 18
PRIMIDONE 116 111* 16 9 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 115 90 24 10 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 66 35 S3 11 8
LAMOTRIGINE 104 19 22 12 10
EXELON 103 98* 26 13 13
LYRICA 94 48 16 14 14
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 94 32 17 14 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 80 17 16 35
ALPRAZOLAM 88 62 25 B 17 27
TOPIRAMATE 78 32 17 18 6
CYMBALTA 70 65* 14 19 20
CARBAMAZEPINE 66 33 11 20 24
ARICEPT 60 60 12 21 73
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 43 16 R 22 11
BACLOFEN 59 <11 <11 22 15
AGGRENOX 59 54* 12 22 45
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 <11 <11 25 29
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 May 22, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.