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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,727Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 534

$623K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 534

256 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 256 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 972 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$109 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $110 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
CLOZAPINE 731 43 1 8
RISPERIDONE 340 89 2 2
OLANZAPINE 334 34 3 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 276 40 4 4
TRAZODONE HCL 260 41 5 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 255 40 6 3
BUPROPION HCL SR 234 82 7 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 196 16 8 5
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 166 23 R 9 12
SERTRALINE HCL 165 16 10 7
ABILIFY 163 27 11 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 160 0 12 18
LITHIUM CARBONATE 160 46 12 16
LAMOTRIGINE 140 43 14 6
PAROXETINE HCL 130 46 15 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 127 44 16 15
PERPHENAZINE 108 0 17 30
GABAPENTIN 101 30 18 17
MIRTAZAPINE 93 38 19 14
HALOPERIDOL 92 0 20 28
BUSPIRONE HCL 88 0 21 22
SEROQUEL 80 0 22 25
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 0 23 34
THIORIDAZINE HCL 64 25 R 24 69
CARBAMAZEPINE 64 0 24 43
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 61 0 26 23
CLONIDINE HCL 56 22 27 24
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 56 0 R 27 52
TOPIRAMATE 53 0 29 31
DOXEPIN HCL 52 28 30 33
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.