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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,276Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 296

$536K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 296

394 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 Maryland
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,894 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$85 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $118 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Maryland
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 482 362 1 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 481 403 2 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 454 380 3 19
TRAZODONE HCL 381 226 4 3
SERTRALINE HCL 364 255 5 7
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 320 62 R 6 1
MIRTAZAPINE 252 232 7 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 245 161 8 4
RISPERIDONE 244 92 9 2
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 225 67 10 17
OLANZAPINE 209 145 11 5
ABILIFY 166 53 12 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 157 145 13 36
PAROXETINE HCL 154 139 14 21
LEXAPRO 150 127 15 45
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 138 82 16 22
HALOPERIDOL 113 31 17 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL 109 73 18 57
SEROQUEL 107 83 19 23
BUPROPION HCL SR 103 71 20 28
CYMBALTA 102 49 21 15
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 27 22 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 79 23 23 10
NAMENDA 77 71 24 43
BUSPIRONE HCL 73 49 25 24
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 68 0 26 27
PERPHENAZINE 68 15 26 30
LITHIUM CARBONATE 62 0 28 13
LUNESTA 61 54 29 65
GABAPENTIN 55 43 30 25
ZALEPLON 52 51 31 72
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 Nov. 21, 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.