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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,724Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 1965

$3.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1965

621 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
13% Patients 65 Years and Older

98% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

68 of this provider’s 82 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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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

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%.

Prescription Price

$146 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$5.35M

2012

$5.27M

2013

$4.82M

2014

$3.61M

2015

Number of Claims

29,122

2012

31,142

2013

28,556

2014

24,724

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
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

4,063

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

338

prescriptions.

229

patients, 37% of all patients

P 10 1 17
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

1,764

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

118

patients, 19% of all patients

P 10 2 6
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

1,418

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

134

patients, 22% of all patients

R 10 3 7
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

1,316

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

127

patients, 20% of all patients

4 2
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

1,210

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

111

patients, 18% of all patients

5 8
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

1,209

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

85

patients, 14% of all patients

P 6 1
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

1,018

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

73

patients, 12% of all patients

7 14
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

991

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

96

patients, 15% of all patients

P 8 4
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

688

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

9 10
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

652

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

P 10 10 33
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

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

594

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

P 10 11 51
INVEGA SUSTENNA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

527

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

P 12 34
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

503

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

13 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

469

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

14 19
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

415

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

15 9
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

397

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

16 25
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

394

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

17 35
LATUDA

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

383

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

P 18 32
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

380

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

19 3
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

375

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

P 20 18
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

365

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

21 15
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

362

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

22 28
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

306

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

P 23 26
DESMOPRESSIN ACETATE 282

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

10 24 103
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

269

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

25 23
FLUPHENAZINE HCL

Fluphenazine is an antipsyc... +

Fluphenazine is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility. Source: National Library of Medicine

235

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

P 26 46
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

232

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

R 27 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

220

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

28 21
INVEGA

Treats schizophrenia (a men... +

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

200

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

P 29 53
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

30 27
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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

31 40
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE

Fluvoxamine is used to trea... +

Fluvoxamine is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over) 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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 61
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

33 5
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

34 136
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE

Oxybutynin is used to contr... +

Oxybutynin is used to control urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination in people who have overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles have uncontrollable spasms), spina bifida (a disability that occurs when the spinal cord does not close properly before birth), or other conditions that affect the bladder muscles. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

34 120
OLANZAPINE ODT 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 P 36 43
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

106

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

37 39
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

104

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 38 78
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

103

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 39 62
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

P 40 29
FANAPT 93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 P 41 69
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

42 104
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

42 70
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

<11 44 66
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL

Trihexyphenidyl is used to ... +

Trihexyphenidyl is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and tremors caused by other medical problems or drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 R 45 42
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 46 93
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 47 13
NALTREXONE HCL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 48 88
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

R 49 48
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 50 24
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

Treats schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 50 31
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 52 22
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 53 94
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 54 122
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 55 67
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 June 17, 2008.
  • 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.