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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2014

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,708Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 173 out of 784

$459K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 163 out of 784

321 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54% Patients 65 Years and Older

25% 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 Texas
Lower avg

Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 321 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug , compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

12% of this provider’s 1,855 claims for patients 65 and older were for a potentially inappropriate drug , compared to an average of 7%.

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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

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$124 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $118 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$386K

2012

$468K

2013

$459K

2014

Number of Claims

2,631

2012

3,808

2013

3,708

2014

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
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

326

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

74

patients, 23% of all patients

1 4
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

289

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

67

patients, 21% of all patients

2 1
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

178

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

50

patients, 16% of all patients

R 3 6
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

165

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

43

patients, 13% of all patients

4 11
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

158

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

5 20
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO

The combination of dextroam... +

The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

6 35
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

154

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

39

patients, 12% of all patients

7 17
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

132

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

40

patients, 12% of all patients

8 2
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

123

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

9 13
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

106

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

10 19
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

101

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

11 9
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

92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

12 14
VYVANSE 86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

13 74
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

P 14 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER

Used to treat insomnia (tro... +

Used to treat insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

R 15 80
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

70

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

P 16 3
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

17 41
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

60

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

18 34
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

58

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

19 21
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

57

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

P 20 10
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

R 21 8
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 22 55
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 2014 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by more than 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 428,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost 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 Jan. 22, 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.