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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,339Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 370

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 370

821 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
32% Patients 65 Years and Older

71% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

53% of this provider’s 263 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 43%.

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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

21% of this provider’s 263 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 821 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $93 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$1.4M

2012

$1.42M

2013

$1.39M

2014

$1.15M

2015

Number of Claims

12,556

2012

16,435

2013

14,953

2014

14,339

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
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

823

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

139

patients, 17% of all patients

1 4
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

819

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

163

patients, 20% of all patients

P 2 3
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

723

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

149

patients, 18% of all patients

3 15
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

697

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

158

patients, 19% of all patients

4 2
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

567

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

116

patients, 14% of all patients

P 5 5
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

548

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

132

patients, 16% of all patients

P 6 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

533

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

115

patients, 14% of all patients

7 19
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

498

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

108

patients, 13% of all patients

8 14
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

Treats symptoms of Parkinson's disease or side effects of other drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

474

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

100

patients, 12% of all patients

R 9 8
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

459

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

83

patients, 10% of all patients

10 11
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

456

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

90

patients, 11% of all patients

11 6
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

408

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% of all patients

12 1
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

394

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

13 10
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

386

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

88

patients, 11% of all patients

14 20
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine 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), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

367

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

75

patients, 9% of all patients

15 7
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

Venlafaxine is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

313

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

16 12
ZIPRASIDONE HCL

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

309

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

P 17 21
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

292

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

86

patients, 10% of all patients

18 22
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

288

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

71

patients, 9% of all patients

19 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

274

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

R 20 16
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

228

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

21 13
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

196

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

22 46
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), 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

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

23 23
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

24 29
LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat an... +

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

25 34
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

26 18
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

P 27 31
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

P 28 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

29 25
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

30 36
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

Treats anxiety, tension, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, allergies, skin rash, hives, and itching. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

R 31 37
LITHIUM CARBONATE ER

Lithium is used to treat th... +

Lithium is used to treat the manic episodes of bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

32 54
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

33 26
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

R 34 39
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

Treats symptoms of mental and emotional disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

P 35 28
INVEGA SUSTENNA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

P 36 30
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

P 37 33
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

38 51
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

Treats the symptoms of certain mental disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

P 39 53
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

40 149
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 41 42
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 42 38
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

43 50
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 44 48
CLOMIPRAMINE HCL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 45 85
INVEGA

Treats schizophrenia (a men... +

Treats schizophrenia (a mental disorder). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

P 46 58
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL

Chlorpromazine is used to t... +

Chlorpromazine 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) and other psychotic disorders (conditions that cause difficulty telling the difference between things or ideas that are real and things or ideas that are not real) and to treat the symptoms of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people who have bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder; a condition that causes episodes of mania, episodes of depression, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 P 47 89
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 Sept. 8, 2010.
  • 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.