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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,407Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 1749

$1.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 1749

971 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%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 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

7% of this provider’s 11,503 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $143 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 2,441 1,926 10 1 9
SERTRALINE HCL 1,552 1,028 10 2 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 985 779 3 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 958 685 4 10
RISPERIDONE 942 543 5 1
CYMBALTA 843 585 6 12
PAROXETINE HCL 833 561 7 19
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 782 345 R 8 3
ABILIFY 691 376 9 5
MIRTAZAPINE 601 400 10 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 580 457 11 8
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 527 351 R 12 47
HALOPERIDOL 476 336 13 21
TRAZODONE HCL 433 281 14 2
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 426 221 15 4
LEXAPRO 410 338 16 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 326 232 17 17
BUSPIRONE HCL 319 238 18 26
OLANZAPINE 317 154 19 6
SEROQUEL 223 139 20 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 207 80 21 13
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 193 116 R 22 33
BUPROPION HCL SR 188 86 23 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 171 170 24 30
LAMOTRIGINE 154 49 25 14
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 133 109 26 147
TOPIRAMATE 110 39 27 29
GABAPENTIN 106 41 28 27
NAMENDA 100 100 29 31
MECLIZINE HCL 84 72 30 112
BUPROPION XL 67 32 31 18
CLOZAPINE 64 14 32 11
SEROQUEL XR 60 31 33 25
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 55 30 34 36
LITHIUM CARBONATE 51 0 35 20
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 51 32 35 73
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.