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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,766Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 534

$922K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 534

319 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
13%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 739 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$136 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $110 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 Massachusetts
RISPERIDONE 602 80 1 2
CLOZAPINE 587 12 2 8
OLANZAPINE 437 0 3 11
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 393 29 R 4 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 314 41 5 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 312 23 6 18
SERTRALINE HCL 245 36 7 7
ABILIFY 221 36 8 9
TRAZODONE HCL 218 62 9 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 215 12 10 3
LAMOTRIGINE 197 24 11 6
LITHIUM CARBONATE 184 13 12 16
PAROXETINE HCL 174 44 13 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 168 21 14 4
BUPROPION HCL SR 164 0 15 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 162 13 16 23
HALOPERIDOL 157 18 17 28
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 151 25 18 15
BUSPIRONE HCL 139 27 19 22
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 130 0 20 48
SEROQUEL 125 23 21 25
RISPERDAL CONSTA 111 0 22 38
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 81 0 23 40
CYMBALTA 81 24 23 19
GABAPENTIN 81 17 23 17
SEROQUEL XR 66 0 26 32
OXCARBAZEPINE 56 0 27 27
MIRTAZAPINE 55 18 28 14
PERPHENAZINE 53 0 29 30
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 52 0 R 30 52
ZYPREXA 51 0 31 89
CLOMIPRAMINE HCL 50 0 R 32 61
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 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.