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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,700Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 1749

$823K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 79 out of 1749

491 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
34%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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 1,953 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$107 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $143 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 California
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 510 74 R 1 3
CLOZAPINE 497 0 2 11
RISPERIDONE 491 159 3 1
HALOPERIDOL 465 89 4 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 378 135 5 4
OLANZAPINE 370 80 6 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 356 70 7 15
TRAZODONE HCL 270 103 8 2
MIRTAZAPINE 250 126 9 16
ABILIFY 241 65 10 5
LITHIUM CARBONATE 186 40 11 20
CYMBALTA 182 70 12 12
FLUOXETINE HCL 179 52 13 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 178 90 14 9
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 170 24 R 15 33
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 147 0 16 13
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 145 0 17 36
BUPROPION HCL SR 138 43 18 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 133 21 19 17
SEROQUEL 131 44 20 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 129 95 21 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 115 60 22 23
FAZACLO 114 0 23 34
TOPIRAMATE 102 0 24 29
SERTRALINE HCL 92 25 25 7
BUSPIRONE HCL 89 36 26 26
PAROXETINE HCL 85 12 27 19
PERPHENAZINE 84 0 28 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 76 29 30
BUPROPION XL 70 40 30 18
OLANZAPINE ODT 69 0 31 40
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 67 0 32 28
CLONAZEPAM 66 41 33 72
VALPROIC ACID 65 0 34 58
LEXAPRO 63 37 35 38
THIOTHIXENE 51 0 36 74
LAMOTRIGINE 50 17 37 14
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 Jan. 20, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.