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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,227Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 828

$1.6M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 828

892 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
28% Patients 65 Years and Older

81% 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 Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

44% of this provider’s 249 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 43%.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 892 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 249 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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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

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $92 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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

$1.72M

2012

$1.41M

2013

$1.59M

2014

$1.6M

2015

Number of Claims

16,144

2012

16,355

2013

16,167

2014

18,227

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

1,178

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

176

patients, 20% of all patients

1 1
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

928

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

131

patients, 15% of all patients

P 2 2
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

815

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

156

patients, 17% of all patients

3 3
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

745

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

108

patients, 12% of all patients

4 7
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

727

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

90

patients, 10% of all patients

R 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

652

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

83

patients, 9% of all patients

P 6 11
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

652

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

109

patients, 12% of all patients

6 6
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

632

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

82

patients, 9% of all patients

8 9
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

623

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

112

patients, 13% of all patients

9 5
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

571

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

78

patients, 9% of all patients

P 10 4
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

508

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

85

patients, 10% of all patients

11 10
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

475

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

77

patients, 9% of all patients

12 13
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

454

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

74

patients, 8% of all patients

13 12
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

442

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

86

patients, 10% of all patients

14 18
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

426

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

80

patients, 9% of all patients

15 14
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

425

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

83

patients, 9% of all patients

16 15
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

382

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

P 17 16
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

374

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

74

patients, 8% of all patients

P 18 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

366

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

58

patients, 7% of all patients

19 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

350

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

20 27
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

Treats symptoms of mental and emotional disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

331

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

P 21 29
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

312

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

22 17
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

305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

23 30
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

296

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

73

patients, 8% of all patients

P 24 24
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

25 33
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

279

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

26 22
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

256

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

27 39
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

236

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

28 25
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

Treats the symptoms of certain mental disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

231

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

P 29 36
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

223

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

30 23
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

Treats anxiety, tension, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, allergies, skin rash, hives, and itching. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

R 31 34
FLUPHENAZINE HCL

Fluphenazine is an antipsyc... +

Fluphenazine is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility. Source: National Library of Medicine

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

P 32 45
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

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

33 20
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

Treats different types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

34 43
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 35 35
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

36 31
ZIPRASIDONE HCL

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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 37 28
THIOTHIXENE 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

P 10 38 79
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

39 32
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

R 40 40
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

41 62
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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

R 42 19
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

P 43 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

R 44 49
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

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

45 41
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

88

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

45 61
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

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

47 47
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 48 76
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

P 49 53
INVEGA SUSTENNA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

P 50 37
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL

Trihexyphenidyl is used to ... +

Trihexyphenidyl is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and tremors caused by other medical problems or drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 R 51 66
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 P 51 46
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 P 51 71
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 Nov. 29, 2010.
  • 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.