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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,535Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 534

$727K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 534

426 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
11%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

15% of this provider’s 426 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

5% of this provider’s 566 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

$111 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $110 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
OLANZAPINE 401 14 1 11
RISPERIDONE 334 53 2 2
TRAZODONE HCL 330 23 3 1
GABAPENTIN 263 0 4 17
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 246 26 R 5 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 240 40 6 3
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 240 0 6 5
FLUOXETINE HCL 228 0 8 4
CLONIDINE HCL 208 14 9 24
LAMOTRIGINE 208 0 9 6
ABILIFY 202 0 11 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 38 12 13
CLOZAPINE 193 21 13 8
BUPROPION HCL SR 181 26 14 10
SERTRALINE HCL 179 23 15 7
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 162 0 S2 16 26
LITHIUM CARBONATE 157 18 17 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 142 13 18 18
BUSPIRONE HCL 139 13 19 22
DOXEPIN HCL 118 0 20 33
HALOPERIDOL 103 17 21 28
PERPHENAZINE 100 0 22 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 96 11 23 23
CYMBALTA 94 23 24 19
MIRTAZAPINE 92 23 25 14
PAROXETINE HCL 82 16 26 21
PROPRANOLOL HCL 78 0 27 34
OXCARBAZEPINE 77 15 28 27
TOPIRAMATE 75 0 29 31
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 12 30 15
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 63 18 31 64
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 61 0 R 32 39
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 60 0 33 42
SEROQUEL 60 0 33 25
METHYLPHENIDATE ER 57 0 35 75
VENLAFAXINE HCL 54 0 36 47
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.