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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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19,245Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 205

$588K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 205

735 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50% Patients 65 Years and Older

1% 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

63% of this provider’s 370 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

12% of this provider’s 370 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

0% of this provider’s 735 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

4% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 10%.

Prescription Price

$31 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $32 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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

$389K

2012

$389K

2013

$517K

2014

$588K

2015

Number of Claims

10,920

2012

16,494

2013

18,767

2014

19,245

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
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

2,389

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

777

prescriptions.

274

patients, 37% of all patients

1 11
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

2,154

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,046

prescriptions.

257

patients, 35% of all patients

2 1
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

1,937

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

860

prescriptions.

228

patients, 31% of all patients

3 7
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

1,799

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

798

prescriptions.

228

patients, 31% of all patients

4 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

1,052

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

751

prescriptions.

148

patients, 20% of all patients

5 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

981

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

688

prescriptions.

116

patients, 16% of all patients

P 6 8
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

935

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

103

patients, 14% of all patients

P 7 9
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

884

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

123

patients, 17% of all patients

R 8 28
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

857

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

298

prescriptions.

101

patients, 14% of all patients

P 10 9 27
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

543

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

323

prescriptions.

64

patients, 9% of all patients

10 4
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

536

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

70

patients, 10% of all patients

11 22
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

411

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

P 12 24
VALPROIC ACID* 401

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

10 13 68
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

355

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

40

patients, 5% of all patients

P 14 34
FLUPHENAZINE HCL

Fluphenazine is an antipsyc... +

Fluphenazine is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility. Source: National Library of Medicine

298

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

P 15 50
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

295

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

16 10
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

287

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

17 3
TRIFLUOPERAZINE HCL 239

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

P 18 39
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

224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

19 29
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

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

206

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

P 20 45
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

R 10 21 75
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

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

183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

R 22 23
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

23 13
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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

24 25
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

P 25 62
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

R 26 19
ESTAZOLAM 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

27 18
THIOTHIXENE 71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 P 28 51
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 P 29 82
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 30 88
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 31 54
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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

R 32 5
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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 33 41
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 100 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 P 34 108
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

35 20
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 36 36
FLUPHENAZINE DECANOATE 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 P 37 91
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.