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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,701Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 534

$1.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 534

559 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
19% Patients 65 Years and Older

89% 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 New Jersey
lower than average

Antipsychotics

64% of this provider’s 106 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 42%.

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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

35% of this provider’s 106 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 559 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $111 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$1.36M

2012

$1.27M

2013

$1.39M

2014

$1.45M

2015

Number of Claims

10,686

2012

11,891

2013

12,694

2014

13,701

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

989

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

105

patients, 19% of all patients

P 1 4
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

874

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

106

patients, 19% of all patients

R 2 9
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

828

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

71

patients, 13% of all patients

P 3 2
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

669

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

74

patients, 13% of all patients

P 4 10
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

575

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

80

patients, 14% of all patients

5 7
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

561

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

62

patients, 11% of all patients

6 1
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

554

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

7 14
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

500

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

P 8 22
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

379

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

46

patients, 8% of all patients

P 9 28
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

368

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

43

patients, 8% of all patients

10 12
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

362

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

60

patients, 11% of all patients

11 6
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

306

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

12 8
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

296

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

13 11
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

294

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

14 24
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

285

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

15 13
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

262

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

45

patients, 8% of all patients

16 5
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

247

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

17 3
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

239

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

38

patients, 7% of all patients

R 18 17
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

220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

19 19
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

197

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

20 33
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

P 21 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

22 20
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

23 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

24 18
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

P 25 23
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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

26 32
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

26 39
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

28 16
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

29 26
FAZACLO 132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 P 30 76
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

31 15
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

P 32 58
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

33 30
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

14

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

P 33 29
FLUPHENAZINE HCL

Fluphenazine is an antipsyc... +

Fluphenazine is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

P 35 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

R 36 41
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

P 37 25
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

32

patients, 6% of all patients

R 38 50
OLANZAPINE ODT 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

P 39 52
CLOZARIL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 10 40 96
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

41 42
CARBAMAZEPINE ER

Treats certain types of se... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 42 75
INVEGA SUSTENNA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

P 43 35
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL

Trihexyphenidyl is used to ... +

Trihexyphenidyl is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and tremors caused by other medical problems or drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 R 44 56
THIORIDAZINE HCL 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P R 45 54
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

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 46 34
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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 47 57
RISPERDAL CONSTA

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

P 48 44
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

R 49 65
RISPERIDONE ODT 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 50 74
THIOTHIXENE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 51 99
ZYPREXA ZYDIS 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 10 51 134
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 Oct. 25, 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.
  • 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.