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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,608Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 1965

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 1965

698 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older

91% 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

40% of this provider’s 637 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 40%.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 698 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 637 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 698 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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

$1.32M

2012

$1.32M

2013

$1.31M

2014

$1.1M

2015

Number of Claims

12,122

2012

15,305

2013

15,266

2014

14,608

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
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

1,376

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,244

prescriptions.

178

patients, 26% of all patients

1 2
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,246

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,241

prescriptions.

164

patients, 23% of all patients

2 36
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,078

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,052

prescriptions.

148

patients, 21% of all patients

3 11
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

1,056

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

989

prescriptions.

152

patients, 22% of all patients

4 5
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

1,011

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

940

prescriptions.

146

patients, 21% of all patients

5 8
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

941

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

876

prescriptions.

136

patients, 19% of all patients

P 6 6
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

576

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

576

prescriptions.

74

patients, 11% of all patients

7 38
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

525

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

504

prescriptions.

104

patients, 15% of all patients

8 30
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

465

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

443

prescriptions.

74

patients, 11% of all patients

P 9 1
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

446

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

446

prescriptions.

76

patients, 11% of all patients

10 56
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

414

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

347

prescriptions.

67

patients, 10% of all patients

R 11 20
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

393

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

314

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

12 14
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

335

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

13 16
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

315

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

46

patients, 7% of all patients

P 14 4
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

302

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

15 25
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

16 3
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

272

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

P 17 18
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

18 15
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

19 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

20 21
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

208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

21 66
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

22 27
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

23 22
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

24 35
MEMANTINE HCL

Treats moderate to severe ... +

Treats moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

25 77
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

26 12
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

27 9
VIIBRYD

Used to treat depression in... +

Used to treat depression in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

<11 28 44
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

P 28 32
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 30 128
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

P 31 31
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

P 32 29
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

33 13
SILENOR 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

R 33 107
BRINTELLIX 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

35 52
TRIAZOLAM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

36 116
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 36 17
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

38 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 39 19
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

<11 40 73
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 April 2, 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.