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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,640Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 1622

$946K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 1622

729 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66% Patients 65 Years and Older

65% 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 New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

48% of this provider’s 479 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 43%.

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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

12% of this provider’s 479 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 729 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$89 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $105 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$1.23M

2012

$1.74M

2013

$1.34M

2014

$946K

2015

Number of Claims

10,176

2012

15,673

2013

12,620

2014

10,640

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
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

765

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

458

prescriptions.

112

patients, 15% of all patients

P 1 3
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

641

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

88

patients, 12% of all patients

P 2 6
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

535

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

85

patients, 12% of all patients

P 3 2
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

492

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

260

prescriptions.

88

patients, 12% of all patients

4 1
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

440

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

99

patients, 14% of all patients

5 5
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

427

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

76

patients, 10% of all patients

6 4
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

409

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

76

patients, 10% of all patients

7 10
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

385

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

84

patients, 12% of all patients

8 8
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

9 12
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

321

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

10 19
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

313

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

63

patients, 9% of all patients

11 13
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

301

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

63

patients, 9% of all patients

12 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

288

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

13 20
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

280

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

44

patients, 6% of all patients

14 18
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

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

50

patients, 7% of all patients

15 24
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

244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

42

patients, 6% of all patients

16 14
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

237

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

17 17
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

213

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

18 21
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

P 19 22
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

Treats the symptoms of certain mental disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

P 20 49
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

21 23
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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

R 22 9
THIOTHIXENE 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

P 10 23 94
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

P 24 26
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

R 24 7
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

26 11
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

Treats symptoms of mental and emotional disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

P 27 27
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 25
LITHIUM CARBONATE ER

Lithium is used to treat th... +

Lithium is used to treat the manic episodes of bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

29 38
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

30 28
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

31 69
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE

Fluvoxamine is used to trea... +

Fluvoxamine is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over) 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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 32 48
LATUDA

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 33 34
LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat an... +

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

34 31
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

P 34 16
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

36 35
THIORIDAZINE HCL 74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

<11 P R 37 73
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

38 30
INVEGA

Treats schizophrenia (a men... +

Treats schizophrenia (a mental disorder). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 39 76
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

P 40 29
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 P 41 33
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 42 43
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE

The combination is used as ... +

The combination is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

43 51
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 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.
  • 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.