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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,091Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 1749

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 1749

267 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
43%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 2,403 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$221 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $143 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 California
CYMBALTA 651 367 1 12
ABILIFY 468 232 2 5
SEROQUEL XR 372 184 3 25
NAMENDA 344 326 4 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 263 55 5 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 229 130 6 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 211 181 7 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 152 75 8 4
LEXAPRO 147 105 9 38
LATUDA 143 98 10 35
TRAZODONE HCL 134 12 11 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 128 30 12 10
RISPERIDONE 111 28 13 1
BUSPIRONE HCL 105 40 14 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 87 11 15 13
SERTRALINE HCL 85 31 16 7
LAMOTRIGINE 81 0 17 14
SEROQUEL 79 60 18 24
MIRTAZAPINE 79 39 18 16
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 75 11 R 20 43
SAPHRIS 74 12 21 56
PAROXETINE HCL 67 0 22 19
BUPROPION XL 64 0 23 18
OLANZAPINE 59 22 24 6
VIIBRYD 57 37 25 66
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 54 29 26 102
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 50 0 R 27 3
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 April 8, 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.