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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,806Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 423

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 423

436 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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 North Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 436 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,536 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$132 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $137 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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 North Carolina
CYMBALTA 472 268 1 7
LAMOTRIGINE 300 132 2 4
TRAZODONE HCL 237 127 3 1
VENLAFAXINE HCL 220 156 4 52
BUPROPION XL 217 126 5 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 206 116 6 5
GABAPENTIN 204 123 7 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 180 81 8 9
SERTRALINE HCL 170 112 9 8
MIRTAZAPINE 162 83 10 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 162 100 10 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 83 12 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 125 97 13 20
DOXEPIN HCL 119 64 14 34
RISPERIDONE 108 50 15 2
ABILIFY 100 44 16 6
BUSPIRONE HCL 90 54 17 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 83 47 18 94
LUNESTA 77 48 19 56
OLANZAPINE 77 45 19 14
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 51 21 17
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 66 34 R 22 3
SAPHRIS 64 13 23 60
SEROQUEL XR 63 13 24 23
PAROXETINE HCL 60 36 25 22
LOXAPINE 59 0 26 70
SEROQUEL 59 31 26 28
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, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.