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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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13,181Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 274 providers in this state and specialty

$7.58M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 274 providers in this state and specialty

1,231 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66% Patients 65 Years and Older

45% 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 North Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

3% of this provider’s 812 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Antibiotics

3% of this provider’s 1,231 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Opioids

18% of this provider’s 1,231 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 8%.

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Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$575 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $325 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$5.57M

2014

$7.8M

2015

$7.58M

2016

Number of Claims

13,445

2014

13,528

2015

13,181

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
GABAPENTIN 839

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

504

prescriptions.

180

patients, 15% of all patients

1 1
TIZANIDINE HCL 748

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

365

prescriptions.

163

patients, 13% of all patients

2 12
TOPIRAMATE 610

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

122

patients, 10% of all patients

3 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 496

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

461

prescriptions.

105

patients, 9% of all patients

4 2
CLONAZEPAM 387

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

71

patients, 6% of all patients

5 6
LAMOTRIGINE 379

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

71

patients, 6% of all patients

6 7
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 377

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

84

patients, 7% of all patients

7 3
LEVETIRACETAM 369

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

69

patients, 6% of all patients

8 4
ROPINIROLE HCL 345

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

76

patients, 6% of all patients

9 16
DIAZEPAM 345

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

93

patients, 8% of all patients

9 34
PRIMIDONE 287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

58

patients, 5% of all patients

11 9
LYRICA 284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

62

patients, 5% of all patients

12 14
TRAMADOL HCL 281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

72

patients, 6% of all patients

O 13 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

86

patients, 7% of all patients

O 14 13
NAMENDA XR 223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

15 8
ALPRAZOLAM 206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

16 22
LORAZEPAM 193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

17 33
ACETAZOLAMIDE 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

18 131
MEMANTINE HCL 175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

19 10
GAMMAGARD LIQUID 169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

<11 20 82
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

21 58
BACLOFEN 153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

22 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

23 37
DULOXETINE HCL 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

24 11
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

O 25 27
GAMUNEX-C 134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

25 69
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

27 19
CLOPIDOGREL 117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

28 24
COPAXONE 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

29 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

30 21
PREDNISONE 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

51

patients, 4% of all patients

31 43
VIMPAT 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 15

patients, 1% of all patients

32 17
PYRIDOSTIGMINE BROMIDE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

32 61
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

34 89
CARBAMAZEPINE 97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

35 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

36 52
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 19

patients, 2% of all patients

37 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

38 73
CARISOPRODOL 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 13

patients, 1% of all patients

39 83
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

39 62
RISPERIDONE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

P 41 60
RIVASTIGMINE* 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

41 55
AUBAGIO 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 43 59
SERTRALINE HCL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

44 29
PHENOBARBITAL 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 44 45
TECFIDERA 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 46 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 18

patients, 1% of all patients

46 54
NEUPRO 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

48 149
OXYCODONE HCL 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 22

patients, 2% of all patients

O 48 20
GILENYA 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 50 71
PROPRANOLOL HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

50 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 52 25
TRAZODONE HCL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

53 30
IMITREX 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 10 54 178
EXELON 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

54 92
RIZATRIPTAN 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

<11 18

patients, 1% of all patients

56 53
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

56 182
NUEDEXTA 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

58 107
RIVASTIGMINE* 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 59 76
FUROSEMIDE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

60 114
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 60 35
MIDODRINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

62 200
CARBAMAZEPINE ER 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 63 51
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 Feb. 25, 2014.
  • 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.