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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,504Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 106

$599K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 106

257 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
42%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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 West Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 1,479 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$133 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $113 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 West Virginia
LAMOTRIGINE 272 51 1 7
CYMBALTA 210 59 2 2
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 190 98 3 15
BUPROPION XL 185 61 4 23
LITHIUM CARBONATE 183 28 5 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 16 6 3
GABAPENTIN 167 43 7 12
TRAZODONE HCL 158 49 8 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 158 35 8 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 158 57 8 5
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 128 47 11 13
ABILIFY 123 23 12 11
NAMENDA 105 90 13 47
OLANZAPINE 91 15 14 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 47 15 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 30 16 9
SEROQUEL XR 80 38 17 35
SERTRALINE HCL 72 23 18 6
PRISTIQ ER 69 14 19 42
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 67 13 S2 20 26
SEROQUEL 67 12 20 27
BUPROPION HCL SR 66 22 22 16
RISPERIDONE 62 15 23 4
MIRTAZAPINE 59 19 24 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 53 0 25 25
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 50 0 26 24
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 Aug. 25, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.