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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,023Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 629

$1.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 629

1,031 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
12% Patients 65 Years and Older

95% 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

46% of this provider’s 128 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

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

32% of this provider’s 128 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

4% of this provider’s 1,031 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

7% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 9%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $81 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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

$1.22M

2012

$1.33M

2013

$1.54M

2014

$1.27M

2015

Number of Claims

15,431

2012

29,530

2013

34,870

2014

32,023

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

5,663

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

381

patients, 37% of all patients

10 1 10
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

4,053

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

337

patients, 33% of all patients

2 1
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

1,815

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

172

patients, 17% of all patients

10 3 30
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

1,521

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

214

patients, 21% of all patients

R 4 19
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

1,422

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

198

patients, 19% of all patients

P 5 3
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,108

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

168

patients, 16% of all patients

6 13
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

1,028

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

168

patients, 16% of all patients

7 2
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

984

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

145

patients, 14% of all patients

10 8 27
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

938

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

145

patients, 14% of all patients

9 4
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

849

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

100

patients, 10% of all patients

10 10 20
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

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

723

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

113

patients, 11% of all patients

R 10 11 39
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

614

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

111

patients, 11% of all patients

P 12 11
SUBOXONE

Treats an addiction to or d... +

Treats an addiction to or dependence on narcotic medicine. Source: National Library of Medicine

516

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

13 29
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

505

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

72

patients, 7% of all patients

14 18
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

499

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

81

patients, 8% of all patients

15 6
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

439

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

71

patients, 7% of all patients

R 16 17
BUPRENORPHINE-NALOXONE 410

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

61

patients, 6% of all patients

10 17 33
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

388

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

55

patients, 5% of all patients

P 18 7
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

372

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

73

patients, 7% of all patients

19 31
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

351

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

P 20 32
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

349

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

21 5
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

348

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

22 9
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

327

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

23 16
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

326

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

24 37
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

323

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

52

patients, 5% of all patients

25 8
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

314

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

10 26 50
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

296

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

27 15
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

296

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

27 34
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

287

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

29 14
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

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

265

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

P 30 36
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

233

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

31 26
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

232

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

R 32 46
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

33 55
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL

Chlorpromazine is used to t... +

Chlorpromazine 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) and other psychotic disorders (conditions that cause difficulty telling the difference between things or ideas that are real and things or ideas that are not real) and to treat the symptoms of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people who have bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder; a condition that causes episodes of mania, episodes of depression, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

P 34 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

179

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

35 22
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

159

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

36 23
VIIBRYD

Used to treat depression in... +

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

152

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

37 64
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

145

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

38 24
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

132

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

P 39 25
BUPRENORPHINE HCL 132

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

O 39 78
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

O 41 90
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

41 45
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

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

127

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

R 43 54
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

109

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

44 40
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM

Treats anxiety, trouble sle... +

Treats anxiety, trouble sleeping, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and certain types of epilepsy (seizures). Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

45 86
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

99

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

46 57
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

P 47 12
PHENELZINE SULFATE 90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

58

patients, 6% of all patients

10 48 97
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

49 63
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

50 44
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

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

51 28
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

P 52 43
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

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

P 53 38
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 54 35
ESZOPICLONE

Eszopiclone is used to trea... +

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

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 55 79
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHET ER

Used as part of a treatment... +

Used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 56 42
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 57 84
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

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 58 47
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 59 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 July 8, 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.
  • 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.