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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,931Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 154

$585K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 154

489 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
31%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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 Alabama
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 489 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 1,899 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $130 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Alabama
RISPERIDONE 729 251 1 2
OLANZAPINE 406 131 2 14
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 353 65 R 3 3
TRAZODONE HCL 350 102 4 1
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 303 29 5 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 253 38 6 6
BUSPIRONE HCL 246 80 7 24
SERTRALINE HCL 245 75 8 10
MIRTAZAPINE 211 98 9 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 189 47 10 23
LAMOTRIGINE 187 60 11 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 180 28 12 5
HALOPERIDOL 160 53 13 21
CLOZAPINE 155 0 14 30
LITHIUM CARBONATE 151 36 15 16
PAROXETINE HCL 149 18 16 22
FLUPHENAZINE DECANOATE 149 22 16 38
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 135 33 18 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 134 23 19 8
CARBAMAZEPINE 127 38 20 45
PROPRANOLOL HCL 119 0 21 42
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 109 34 22 13
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 104 23 23 17
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 102 50 24 15
ABILIFY 97 0 25 7
BUPROPION XL 90 30 26 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 79 17 27 4
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 68 0 28 18
CYMBALTA 57 23 29 12
AMANTADINE 56 0 30 58
THIOTHIXENE 55 32 31 68
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 54 29 R 32 39
ZYPREXA 52 0 33 60
SEROQUEL 50 0 34 25
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.