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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,109Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 86 out of 1622

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 1622

222 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

92% 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 New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

58% of this provider’s 191 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 43%.

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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

10% of this provider’s 191 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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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 *

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%. This is far more than peers.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$206 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $105 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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

$752K

2012

$930K

2013

$1.09M

2014

$1.05M

2015

Number of Claims

4,442

2012

4,962

2013

5,246

2014

5,109

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
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

333

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

55

patients, 25% of all patients

P 1 22
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

332

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

327

prescriptions.

48

patients, 22% of all patients

2 32
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

248

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

37

patients, 17% of all patients

3 45
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

202

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

34

patients, 15% of all patients

P 4 6
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

202

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

42

patients, 19% of all patients

P 4 26
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

186

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

26

patients, 12% of all patients

6 18
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

181

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

32

patients, 14% of all patients

P 7 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

177

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

31

patients, 14% of all patients

8 25
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

162

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

37

patients, 17% of all patients

9 4
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

160

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

P 10 29
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

157

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

30

patients, 14% of all patients

11 8
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

141

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

27

patients, 12% of all patients

12 5
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

138

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

20

patients, 9% of all patients

13 12
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

27

patients, 12% of all patients

14 1
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

35

patients, 16% of all patients

15 13
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

16 11
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

17 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

85

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

18 21
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

18

patients, 8% of all patients

19 10
SAPHRIS 80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

P 20 96
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

21 23
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

22 56
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

P 23 3
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 24 70
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 25 43
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 26 15
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

27 14
PEXEVA 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 10 28 132
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.