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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,249Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 423

$579K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 423

443 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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 North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 443 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 3,616 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$110 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $137 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
BUPROPION XL 333 237 1 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 252 192 2 5
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 236 148 3 17
SERTRALINE HCL 235 218 4 8
CYMBALTA 210 125 5 7
TRAZODONE HCL 204 105 6 1
RISPERIDONE 204 158 6 2
ABILIFY 184 96 8 6
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 173 129 9 61
MIRTAZAPINE 173 131 9 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 144 125 11 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 135 94 12 10
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 126 100 R 13 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 111 105 14 38
LAMOTRIGINE 109 57 15 4
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 105 77 16 12
NAMENDA 103 94 17 41
GABAPENTIN 102 62 18 19
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 101 49 R 19 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 98 43 20 9
EXELON 96 96 21 107
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 94 73 22 29
BUPROPION HCL SR 86 80 23 25
BUSPIRONE HCL 77 37 24 24
PAROXETINE HCL 76 43 25 22
OLANZAPINE 73 56 26 14
VENLAFAXINE HCL 72 50 27 52
LITHIUM CARBONATE 69 29 28 15
HALOPERIDOL 69 50 28 18
CARBAMAZEPINE 69 53 28 46
FLUPHENAZINE HCL 67 63 31 39
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 33 32 20
PERPHENAZINE 57 52 33 44
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 51 23 34 26
DOXEPIN HCL 50 24 35 34
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. 18, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.