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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,688Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 1749

$1.63M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 1749

748 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
23%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

2% of this provider’s 748 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,737 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$129 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $143 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 California
RISPERIDONE 1,438 343 1 1
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 1,071 144 10 2 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 908 297 3 9
BUPROPION XL 799 109 10 4 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 765 178 5 10
SEROQUEL XR 549 0 6 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 487 60 7 4
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 486 36 R 8 3
PAROXETINE HCL 427 95 9 19
TRAZODONE HCL 407 109 10 2
OXCARBAZEPINE 356 12 11 39
INVEGA SUSTENNA 340 19 12 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 330 167 13 23
MIRTAZAPINE 317 121 14 16
OLANZAPINE 315 96 15 6
LITHIUM CARBONATE 270 0 16 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 265 46 17 8
ABILIFY 240 64 18 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 238 82 19 15
SERTRALINE HCL 185 61 20 7
SEROQUEL 164 23 21 24
NAMENDA 150 142 22 31
GABAPENTIN 129 13 23 27
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 116 18 R 24 33
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 110 0 25 28
HALOPERIDOL 108 0 26 21
CYMBALTA 107 25 27 12
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 104 39 28 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 104 91 28 30
LAMOTRIGINE 102 0 30 14
LEXAPRO 93 54 31 38
BUSPIRONE HCL 76 24 32 26
GEODON 65 0 33 55
RIVASTIGMINE 64 56 34 129
BUPROPION HCL SR 61 0 35 22
TOPIRAMATE 53 0 36 29
CARBAMAZEPINE 51 0 37 46
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 50 0 38 50
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 25, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.