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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,375Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 423

$1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 423

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
33%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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
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this specialty
in North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 3,614 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$97 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $137 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 North Carolina
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 1,005 419 1 5
RISPERIDONE 834 354 2 2
TRAZODONE HCL 742 204 3 1
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 536 72 R 4 3
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 379 121 5 17
FLUOXETINE HCL 340 85 6 10
MIRTAZAPINE 330 179 7 13
PAROXETINE HCL 322 89 8 22
ABILIFY 290 94 9 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 280 108 10 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 274 32 11 12
DOXEPIN HCL 273 66 12 34
VENLAFAXINE HCL 249 96 13 52
BUSPIRONE HCL 240 119 14 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 232 231 15 38
LITHIUM CARBONATE 224 12 16 15
HALOPERIDOL 216 79 17 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 208 47 18 20
NAMENDA 205 204 19 41
LAMOTRIGINE 197 82 20 4
CYMBALTA 195 26 21 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 167 16 22 9
OLANZAPINE 164 53 23 14
BUPROPION HCL SR 134 46 24 25
RISPERDAL CONSTA 127 13 25 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 114 0 26 29
BUPROPION XL 106 0 27 16
INVEGA SUSTENNA 92 12 28 27
LUNESTA 90 32 29 56
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 81 0 30 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 0 R 31 36
SEROQUEL 76 0 32 28
SEROQUEL XR 75 12 33 23
SERTRALINE HCL 66 24 34 8
CARBAMAZEPINE 64 11 35 46
FLUPHENAZINE DECANOATE 64 11 35 54
INVEGA 60 0 37 47
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL 52 25 38 49
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 9, 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.