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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,327Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 534

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 534

554 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
24%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

6% of this provider’s 554 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 1,913 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$127 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $110 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 1,107 333 1 5
TRAZODONE HCL 719 167 2 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 681 210 3 3
FLUOXETINE HCL 560 135 4 4
SEROQUEL 418 135 5 25
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 373 61 R 6 12
SUBOXONE 277 0 7 20
RISPERIDONE 251 37 8 2
ABILIFY 248 30 9 9
SEROQUEL XR 237 93 10 32
CYMBALTA 211 28 11 19
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 206 31 12 15
CLONIDINE HCL 199 20 13 24
SERTRALINE HCL 168 34 14 7
MIRTAZAPINE 164 78 15 14
PAROXETINE HCL 163 72 16 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 144 45 17 18
BUPROPION HCL SR 142 16 18 10
OLANZAPINE 133 0 19 11
BUSPIRONE HCL 129 13 20 22
GABAPENTIN 126 20 21 17
LAMOTRIGINE 113 11 22 6
DOXEPIN HCL 101 38 23 33
OXCARBAZEPINE 86 0 24 27
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 75 0 R 25 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 69 0 26 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 39 27 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 68 27 41
LITHIUM CARBONATE 66 0 29 16
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 0 R 30 37
PRISTIQ ER 56 0 31 56
RISPERDAL CONSTA 55 14 32 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 40 33 13
BUPRENORPHINE HCL 52 0 S3 34 68
HALOPERIDOL 51 21 35 28
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 17, 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.