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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,114Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 140 out of 1749

$436K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 262 out of 1749

210 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,757 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$106 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $143 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 California
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 299 206 1 9
TRAZODONE HCL 254 167 2 2
PAROXETINE HCL 232 173 3 19
MIRTAZAPINE 204 165 4 16
CYMBALTA 187 153 5 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 179 176 6 30
NAMENDA 177 176 7 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 169 117 8 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 162 141 9 23
SERTRALINE HCL 162 125 9 7
ABILIFY 159 75 11 5
RISPERIDONE 153 85 12 1
BUSPIRONE HCL 150 139 13 26
LAMOTRIGINE 131 56 14 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 126 71 15 8
LITHIUM CARBONATE 110 15 16 20
OLANZAPINE 108 49 17 6
LEXAPRO 102 80 18 38
GABAPENTIN 79 32 19 27
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 64 51 20 4
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 47 21 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 35 22 15
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 60 29 R 23 3
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 51 11 24 13
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.