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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,488Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 370

$447K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 370

466 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35% Patients 65 Years and Older

79% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

44% of this provider’s 164 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

18% of this provider’s 164 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Opioids

3% of this provider’s 466 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

6% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $93 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$663K

2012

$570K

2013

$524K

2014

$447K

2015

Number of Claims

7,129

2012

9,340

2013

8,856

2014

8,488

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
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

859

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

146

patients, 31% of all patients

P 1 3
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

636

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

196

prescriptions.

111

patients, 24% of all patients

2 1
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

509

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

82

patients, 18% of all patients

3 4
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

498

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

192

prescriptions.

88

patients, 19% of all patients

4 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

389

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

70

patients, 15% of all patients

5 19
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

343

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

73

patients, 16% of all patients

6 2
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

317

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

P 7 9
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

310

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

72

patients, 15% of all patients

8 24
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

308

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

58

patients, 12% of all patients

R 9 8
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

301

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

P 10 5
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

286

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

58

patients, 12% of all patients

11 35
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

238

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

52

patients, 11% of all patients

12 10
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

233

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

50

patients, 11% of all patients

13 7
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

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

R 14 16
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

37

patients, 8% of all patients

15 18
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

16 26
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

34

patients, 7% of all patients

17 15
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

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

30

patients, 6% of all patients

P 18 21
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

19 11
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

P 20 28
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

25

patients, 5% of all patients

20 29
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

22 17
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

23 12
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

24 13
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

25 23
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

26 36
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

27 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

R 28 39
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

29 14
LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat an... +

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

29 34
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

31 46
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

P 32 27
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 33 48
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 34 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

34 25
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 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.
  • 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.