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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,111Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 370

$511K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 370

372 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
24% Patients 65 Years and Older

84% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

33 of this provider’s 89 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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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

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

17 of this provider’s 89 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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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

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $93 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$503K

2012

$837K

2013

$767K

2014

$511K

2015

Number of Claims

5,192

2012

10,376

2013

10,263

2014

7,111

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

675

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

94

patients, 25% of all patients

1 1
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

619

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

69

patients, 19% 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

452

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

63

patients, 17% of all patients

P 3 3
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

307

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

57

patients, 15% of all patients

4 2
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

277

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

52

patients, 14% of all patients

5 13
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

262

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

40

patients, 11% of all patients

R 6 16
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

244

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

47

patients, 13% of all patients

7 11
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

224

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

41

patients, 11% of all patients

8 7
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

223

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

43

patients, 12% of all patients

9 6
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

221

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

41

patients, 11% of all patients

10 20
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

219

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

P 11 5
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

205

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

R 12 39
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

174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

13 17
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

14 12
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

14 14
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

P 16 9
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

17 29
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

18 10
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

19 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

20 19
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

21 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

22 25
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

23 18
LATUDA

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

P 24 40
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

R 25 8
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

P 26 21
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

27 15
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 28 46
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

P 29 27
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

30 24
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

31 26
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 32 22
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

P 33 28
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 34 42
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

R 35 37
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 36 51
PRAZOSIN HCL

Prazosin is used alone or i... +

Prazosin is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 36 69
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 38 98
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 June 9, 2015.
  • 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.