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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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5,216Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 629

$296K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 108 out of 629

419 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older

47% 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

21% of this provider’s 297 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 39%.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 419 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 297 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 18%.

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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

5% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 9%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $81 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$223K

2012

$244K

2013

$260K

2014

$296K

2015

Number of Claims

3,328

2012

3,910

2013

4,454

2014

5,216

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
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

405

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

52

patients, 12% of all patients

1 1
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

373

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

60

patients, 14% of all patients

2 4
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

325

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

P 3 3
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

271

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

37

patients, 9% of all patients

4 8
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

259

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

50

patients, 12% of all patients

5 2
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

244

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

48

patients, 11% of all patients

6 9
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

238

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

7 10
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

218

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

P 8 7
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

183

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

9 18
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

182

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

10 5
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

162

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

11 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

161

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

12 22
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

156

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

31

patients, 7% of all patients

13 28
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

139

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

14 13
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

15 15
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

134

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

16 55
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

124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

17 6
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

18 57
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

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

19 26
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

20 14
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

P 21 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

22 24
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

23 31
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 P 24 36
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

P 25 25
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 26 34
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 27 65
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 April 9, 2012.
  • 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.