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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,942Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 334

$365K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 334

251 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
34% Patients 65 Years and Older

63% 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 Maryland
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

40 of this provider’s 86 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 251 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

24 of this provider’s 86 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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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 *

8% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$93 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $88 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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

$145K

2012

$213K

2013

$257K

2014

$365K

2015

Number of Claims

1,965

2012

3,108

2013

3,118

2014

3,942

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
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

561

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

105

patients, 42% of all patients

P 1 2
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

318

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

67

patients, 27% of all patients

2 13
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

288

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

61

patients, 24% of all patients

R 3 16
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

244

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

39

patients, 16% of all patients

4 6
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL

Chlorpromazine is used to t... +

Chlorpromazine 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) and other psychotic disorders (conditions that cause difficulty telling the difference between things or ideas that are real and things or ideas that are not real) and to treat the symptoms of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people who have bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder; a condition that causes episodes of mania, episodes of depression, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

212

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

54

patients, 22% of all patients

P 5 44
LITHIUM CARBONATE ER

Lithium is used to treat th... +

Lithium is used to treat the manic episodes of bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

52

patients, 21% of all patients

6 40
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

164

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

40

patients, 16% of all patients

7 9
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

160

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

28

patients, 11% of all patients

8 10
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

145

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

25

patients, 10% of all patients

9 1
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

125

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

10 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

121

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

11 22
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

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

12 11
LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat an... +

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

13 25
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

78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

14 7
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

15 20
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

68

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

R 16 5
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

17 12
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

64

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

P 18 27
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 19 32
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 March 21, 2014.
  • 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.