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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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12,991Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 759

$1.74M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 759

766 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
22% Patients 65 Years and Older

91% 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 Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

53% of this provider’s 168 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

38% of this provider’s 168 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 766 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$134 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $114 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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

$1.33M

2012

$1.59M

2013

$1.67M

2014

$1.74M

2015

Number of Claims

7,566

2012

10,870

2013

11,612

2014

12,991

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
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

1,233

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

313

patients, 41% of all patients

1 2
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

1,021

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

281

patients, 37% of all patients

R 2 8
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

804

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

154

patients, 20% of all patients

3 10
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

786

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

178

patients, 23% of all patients

P 4 3
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

748

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

190

patients, 25% of all patients

5 1
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

739

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

205

patients, 27% of all patients

6 22
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

511

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

133

patients, 17% of all patients

7 6
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

355

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

91

patients, 12% of all patients

8 19
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

320

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

84

patients, 11% of all patients

P 9 34
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

319

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

64

patients, 8% of all patients

10 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

315

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

90

patients, 12% of all patients

11 15
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

90

patients, 12% of all patients

12 31
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

300

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

81

patients, 11% of all patients

R 13 9
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

92

patients, 12% of all patients

P 14 5
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

261

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

71

patients, 9% of all patients

15 7
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

249

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

16 20
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

53

patients, 7% of all patients

17 36
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, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

P 18 11
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

60

patients, 8% of all patients

19 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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

20 12
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

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

21 13
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

22 14
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

23 16
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

P 24 21
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

25 40
INVEGA SUSTENNA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

67

patients, 9% of all patients

P 26 39
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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

P 27 23
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

P 28 37
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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

29 35
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

30 77
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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

31 30
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

P 32 33
LITHIUM CARBONATE ER

Lithium is used to treat th... +

Lithium is used to treat the manic episodes of bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

32 50
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

P 34 27
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

35 38
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

R 35 45
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

37 26
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL

Trihexyphenidyl is used to ... +

Trihexyphenidyl is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and tremors caused by other medical problems or drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

R 38 63
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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

R 39 52
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

40 44
MODAFINIL

Treats narcolepsy, sleep ap... +

Treats narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

41 121
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

41 17
VIIBRYD

Used to treat depression in... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

43 65
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 44 41
INVEGA

Treats schizophrenia (a men... +

Treats schizophrenia (a mental disorder). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

P 45 51
BRINTELLIX 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

45 69
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 Feb. 27, 2012.
  • 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.