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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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7,612Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 93

$410K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 93

282 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37% Patients 65 Years and Older

64% 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 Rhode Island
Lower avg

Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 1,852 claims for patients 65 and older were for a potentially inappropriate drug , compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 282 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs

7% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $96 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$515K

2012

$309K

2013

$410K

2014

Number of Claims

6,398

2012

5,441

2013

7,612

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
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

750

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

90

patients, 32% of all patients

1 1
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

443

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

51

patients, 18% of all patients

2 32
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

436

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

42

patients, 15% of all patients

3 30
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

342

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

57

patients, 20% of all patients

4 12
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

328

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

39

patients, 14% of all patients

5 7
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

309

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

41

patients, 15% of all patients

6 11
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

291

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

51

patients, 18% of all patients

7 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

239

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

39

patients, 14% of all patients

8 6
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

233

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

36

patients, 13% of all patients

P 9 3
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

214

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

10 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

212

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

O 11 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

R 12 42
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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

13 29
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

14 43
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

15 8
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

R 16 67
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

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

16 19
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

149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

18 5
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

19 51
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

19 17
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

21 13
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

P 22 39
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 17

patients, 6% of all patients

P 23 4
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

24 50
PRAZOSIN HCL

Prazosin is used alone or i... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

25

patients, 9% of all patients

25 36
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

25 41
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

R 27 15
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 28 34
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 19

patients, 7% of all patients

29 47
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

R 30 52
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

31 18
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 P 32 55
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 O 33 84
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 Dec. 16, 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.