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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,480Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 205

$589K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 205

1,135 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
14% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

20% of this provider’s 160 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 34%.

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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

16% of this provider’s 160 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 19%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 10%.

Prescription Price

$25 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $32 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$625K

2012

$703K

2013

$748K

2014

$589K

2015

Number of Claims

8,514

2012

14,774

2013

19,955

2014

23,480

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
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

5,172

prescriptions, 22% of all prescriptions

421

prescriptions.

611

patients, 54% of all patients

1 1
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

1,621

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

276

patients, 24% of all patients

2 2
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

1,275

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

177

patients, 16% of all patients

3 6
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

1,176

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

159

patients, 14% of all patients

4 3
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

1,065

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

146

patients, 13% of all patients

5 10
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

986

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

151

patients, 13% of all patients

6 11
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

981

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

141

patients, 12% of all patients

7 13
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

938

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

136

patients, 12% of all patients

8 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

893

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

130

patients, 11% of all patients

9 14
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

834

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

105

patients, 9% of all patients

10 4
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

817

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

147

patients, 13% of all patients

11 16
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

758

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

157

patients, 14% of all patients

R 12 5
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

725

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

110

patients, 10% of all patients

P 13 8
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

645

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

91

patients, 8% of all patients

14 15
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

496

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

62

patients, 5% of all patients

15 7
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

485

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

72

patients, 6% of all patients

16 17
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

472

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

R 17 23
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

406

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

51

patients, 4% of all patients

P 18 9
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

346

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

19 36
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

307

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

R 20 19
FLURAZEPAM HCL 233

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

10 21 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

216

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

22 22
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

23 20
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

Treats schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

P 24 46
ESTAZOLAM 147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

25 18
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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

26 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

27 40
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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

28 30
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

R 29 28
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

P 30 41
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

P 31 24
CLORAZEPATE DIPOTASSIUM

Treats anxiety, trouble sle... +

Treats anxiety, trouble sleeping, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and certain types of epilepsy (seizures). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

31 25
CHLORPROMAZINE HCL

Chlorpromazine is used to t... +

Chlorpromazine 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) and other psychotic disorders (conditions that cause difficulty telling the difference between things or ideas that are real and things or ideas that are not real) and to treat the symptoms of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people who have bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder; a condition that causes episodes of mania, episodes of depression, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 33 34
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

34 26
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 35 35
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 36 39
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

P 37 31
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 37 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER

Used to treat insomnia (tro... +

Used to treat insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

R 39 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 40 33
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

41 47
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 Sept. 12, 2014.
  • 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.