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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,294Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 423

$1.54M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 423

528 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
14%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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 Average for
this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 528 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

10% of this provider’s 1,267 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$137 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $137 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in North Carolina
RISPERIDONE 717 46 1 2
LAMOTRIGINE 592 39 2 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 585 65 3 5
TRAZODONE HCL 580 35 4 1
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 575 127 5 9
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 436 38 R 6 3
CLOZAPINE 433 12 7 21
CYMBALTA 404 62 8 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 394 55 9 11
ABILIFY 340 19 10 6
FLUOXETINE HCL 271 22 11 10
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 264 37 12 17
OLANZAPINE 262 36 13 14
SEROQUEL 261 74 14 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 257 32 15 20
SERTRALINE HCL 246 58 16 8
LITHIUM CARBONATE 242 11 17 15
MIRTAZAPINE 241 54 18 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 234 0 19 12
PAROXETINE HCL 227 28 20 22
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 226 0 21 26
RISPERDAL CONSTA 202 0 22 30
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 179 0 R 23 33
TOPIRAMATE 167 0 24 32
BUPROPION HCL SR 150 13 25 25
SEROQUEL XR 150 23 25 23
BUPROPION XL 146 14 27 16
HALOPERIDOL 144 0 28 18
PROPRANOLOL HCL 138 0 29 43
INVEGA 130 0 30 47
BUSPIRONE HCL 116 0 31 24
CLOMIPRAMINE HCL 112 23 R 32 90
INVEGA SUSTENNA 102 14 33 27
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 101 18 R 34 36
GEODON 88 0 35 64
HYDROXYZINE HCL 76 0 R 36 57
CARBAMAZEPINE 76 17 36 46
GABAPENTIN 71 0 38 19
DOXEPIN HCL 63 22 39 34
LEXAPRO 61 0 40 59
NAMENDA 54 24 41 41
VENLAFAXINE HCL 51 17 42 52
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 Nov. 19, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.