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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,809Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 25

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 25

571 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
16% Patients 65 Years and Older

97% 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 Massachusetts
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because there are not enough providers in this specialty and state that prescribe these drugs, and because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

46 of this provider’s 90 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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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

Comparisons are not shown because there are not enough providers in this specialty and state that prescribe these drugs, and because this provider has fewer than 100 patients 65 and older.

of this provider’s 90 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

0 of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs

10% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$85 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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

$297K

2012

$438K

2013

$648K

2014

$1.09M

2015

Number of Claims

2,566

2012

4,670

2013

6,573

2014

12,809

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
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

845

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

91

patients, 16% of all patients

P 1 19
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

768

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

87

patients, 15% of all patients

2 14
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

687

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

77

patients, 13% of all patients

P 3 22
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

648

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

81

patients, 14% of all patients

4 18
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

634

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

65

patients, 11% of all patients

5 30
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

624

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

101

patients, 18% of all patients

6 7
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

582

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

55

patients, 10% of all patients

P 7 26
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

554

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

94

patients, 16% of all patients

8 10
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

423

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

44

patients, 8% of all patients

9 31
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

371

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

P 10 28
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

358

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

R 11 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

334

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

12 48
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

309

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

13 29
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

309

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

13 13
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE

Fluvoxamine is used to trea... +

Fluvoxamine is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over) 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

306

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

26

patients, 5% of all patients

10 15 56
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

284

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

16 32
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

247

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

17 59
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

P 18 54
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

239

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

19 61
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

P 20 50
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

214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

21 49
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

22 68
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

P 23 71
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

P 24 74
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

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

25 78
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

26 64
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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

27 65
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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

P 28 94
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

29 33
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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

30 55
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

31 72
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

32 73
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

33 70
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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

R 34 47
RISPERDAL CONSTA

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 35 108
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

R 36 109
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 37 86
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 38 114
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

39 116
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

40 117
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

41 52
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

<11 P 42 118
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

43 120
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

R 44 128
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 45 81
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

45 24
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 Sept. 30, 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.
  • 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.