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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,465Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 534

$928K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 534

246 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
12%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 246 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

7% of this provider’s 669 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 20%.

Prescription Price

$144 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $110 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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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 Massachusetts
CLOZAPINE 442 49 1 8
FLUOXETINE HCL 424 55 2 4
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 318 35 R 3 12
RISPERIDONE 290 32 4 2
TRAZODONE HCL 269 40 5 1
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 260 34 6 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 259 23 7 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 257 29 8 3
ABILIFY 232 19 9 9
OLANZAPINE 194 41 10 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 174 14 11 18
TOPIRAMATE 146 0 12 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 146 11 12 13
CYMBALTA 130 0 14 19
SERTRALINE HCL 123 28 15 7
LITHIUM CARBONATE 115 13 16 16
SEROQUEL 115 0 16 25
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 112 37 18 48
LAMOTRIGINE 111 0 19 6
GABAPENTIN 105 19 20 17
RISPERDAL CONSTA 96 0 21 38
BUPROPION XL 96 0 21 29
BUPROPION HCL SR 96 0 21 10
MIRTAZAPINE 96 0 21 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 95 0 R 25 37
HALOPERIDOL 91 0 26 28
PAROXETINE HCL 91 0 26 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 86 13 28 58
PERPHENAZINE 85 0 29 30
INVEGA 84 0 30 55
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 78 0 S2 31 26
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 71 0 32 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 70 0 33 23
VENLAFAXINE HCL 69 12 34 47
BUSPIRONE HCL 69 25 34 22
FLUPHENAZINE DECANOATE 51 14 36 77
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 May 9, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.