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Prescriber Checkup

RICHARD ZARRIELLO M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,384Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 81 out of 1749

$931K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 63 out of 1749

267 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
6%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

4% of this provider’s 267 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 235 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$173 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $143 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
CLOZAPINE 379 18 1 11
RISPERIDONE 282 42 2 1
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 257 0 R 3 3
CYMBALTA 255 13 4 12
TRAZODONE HCL 249 0 5 2
FLUOXETINE HCL 184 0 6 8
ABILIFY 181 15 7 5
LAMOTRIGINE 176 0 8 14
TOPIRAMATE 162 0 9 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 154 0 10 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 151 0 11 4
BUPROPION XL 134 11 12 18
OLANZAPINE 129 0 13 6
HALOPERIDOL 121 0 14 21
GABAPENTIN 117 0 15 27
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 108 0 16 17
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 103 0 17 28
LITHIUM CARBONATE 98 0 18 20
SERTRALINE HCL 97 0 19 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 16 20 9
MIRTAZAPINE 90 0 21 16
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 88 0 22 36
PROPRANOLOL HCL 88 0 22 41
INVEGA SUSTENNA 87 0 24 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 0 25 23
SEROQUEL 81 0 26 24
SEROQUEL XR 81 11 26 25
RISPERDAL CONSTA 70 0 28 42
ATENOLOL 68 0 29 83
PAROXETINE HCL 68 0 29 19
INVEGA 67 0 31 45
FAZACLO 56 0 32 34
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 55 0 33 50
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 55 0 R 33 33
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 50 0 35 15
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 0 R 35 69
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.