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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,560Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 205

$466K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 205

1,102 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
42% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

27% of this provider’s 462 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 34%.

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Antibiotics

1% of this provider’s 1,102 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 462 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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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 10%.

Prescription Price

$25 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $32 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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

$835K

2012

$862K

2013

$589K

2014

$466K

2015

Number of Claims

14,807

2012

25,664

2013

18,475

2014

18,560

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
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

1,962

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

906

prescriptions.

402

patients, 36% of all patients

10 1 10
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

1,809

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

588

prescriptions.

345

patients, 31% of all patients

2 2
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

1,711

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

666

prescriptions.

312

patients, 28% of all patients

3 4
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

1,479

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

575

prescriptions.

251

patients, 23% of all patients

4 1
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

1,150

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

231

patients, 21% of all patients

5 7
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

1,001

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

177

patients, 16% of all patients

R 6 5
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

925

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

194

patients, 18% of all patients

P 7 9
ESTAZOLAM 915

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

511

prescriptions.

238

patients, 22% of all patients

10 8 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

753

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

137

patients, 12% of all patients

9 3
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

727

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

128

patients, 12% of all patients

10 11
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

642

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

101

patients, 9% of all patients

P 11 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

525

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

115

patients, 10% of all patients

12 22
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

447

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

77

patients, 7% of all patients

13 6
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

434

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

60

patients, 5% of all patients

14 13
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

357

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

72

patients, 7% of all patients

15 20
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

252

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

55

patients, 5% of all patients

16 14
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

246

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

17 12
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

231

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

P 18 24
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM

Treats anxiety, trouble sle... +

Treats anxiety, trouble sleeping, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and certain types of epilepsy (seizures). Source: National Library of Medicine

203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

19 25
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

20 15
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

21 16
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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

22 21
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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

23 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

24 33
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

25 30
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

26 26
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

P 27 27
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

28 17
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

R 29 28
FLURAZEPAM HCL 89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

30 32
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 31 35
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

32 52
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

33 47
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 34 31
ACAMPROSATE CALCIUM 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

10 35 108
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 37
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 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.
  • 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.