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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Neurology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,880Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 70 providers in this state and specialty

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 70 providers in this state and specialty

546 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older

41% 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 Iowa
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 546 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Opioids

8% of this provider’s 546 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$239 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $257 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.22M

2014

$1.22M

2015

$1.17M

2016

Number of Claims

5,357

2014

5,344

2015

4,880

2016

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.

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
TOPIRAMATE 401

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

59

patients, 11% of all patients

1 5
GABAPENTIN 336

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

72

patients, 13% of all patients

2 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 330

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

285

prescriptions.

67

patients, 12% of all patients

3 4
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 322

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

302

prescriptions.

55

patients, 10% of all patients

4 1
LEVETIRACETAM 304

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

54

patients, 10% of all patients

5 3
ROPINIROLE HCL 197

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

6 8
BACLOFEN 148

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

7 10
NAMENDA XR 129

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

8 13
CLONAZEPAM 113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

9 7
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

10 21
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER 86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

11 12
LYRICA 85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

12 17
PRIMIDONE 84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

13 9
MEMANTINE HCL 79

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

14 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 15 23
AMANTADINE 75

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

16 16
DULOXETINE HCL 74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 17 18
CARBAMAZEPINE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

18 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

18 24
OXCARBAZEPINE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

20 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

21 36
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

O 22 48
ALPRAZOLAM 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

23 51
COPAXONE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 24 38
LAMOTRIGINE 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 25 6
CLOPIDOGREL 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

26 19
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 27 11
TIZANIDINE HCL 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

28 27
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 March 31, 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.
  • 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.