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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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5,269Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 249

$522K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 249

318 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
42% Patients 65 Years and Older

58% 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 Tennessee
lower than average

Antipsychotics

27% of this provider’s 135 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

23% of this provider’s 135 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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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

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%.

Prescription Price

$99 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $87 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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

$414K

2012

$455K

2013

$496K

2014

$522K

2015

Number of Claims

3,291

2012

4,224

2013

4,683

2014

5,269

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
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

396

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

56

patients, 18% of all patients

1 1
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

294

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

54

patients, 17% of all patients

R 2 12
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

278

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

55

patients, 17% of all patients

3 10
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

269

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

60

patients, 19% of all patients

4 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

256

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

43

patients, 14% of all patients

P 5 3
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

248

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

31

patients, 10% of all patients

6 19
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

225

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

45

patients, 14% of all patients

7 5
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

212

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

8 2
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

183

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

9 14
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

176

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

43

patients, 14% of all patients

10 7
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

175

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

43

patients, 14% of all patients

11 20
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

12 11
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

145

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

13 6
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

142

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

14 18
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

15 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

16 13
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

21

patients, 7% of all patients

17 45
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

P 18 8
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

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

R 19 40
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

91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

20 33
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

84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

21 22
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

22 17
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

23 31
ZALEPLON 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

R 24 71
VIIBRYD

Used to treat depression in... +

Used to treat depression in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

25 64
ESZOPICLONE

Eszopiclone is used to trea... +

Eszopiclone is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

R 26 72
LOXAPINE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 6% of all patients

P 27 66
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

P 28 25
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 29 15
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 30 35
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 May 2, 2017.
  • 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.