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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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11,898Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 759

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 759

1,159 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older

69% 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 Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

30% of this provider’s 924 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

4% of this provider’s 1,159 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 924 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 20%.

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Opioids

1% of this provider’s 1,159 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%. This is far more than peers.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$117 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $114 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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

$1.16M

2012

$1.24M

2013

$1.54M

2014

$1.4M

2015

Number of Claims

9,731

2012

11,410

2013

13,406

2014

11,898

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

991

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

844

prescriptions.

298

patients, 26% of all patients

1 2
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

768

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

720

prescriptions.

98

patients, 8% of all patients

2 36
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

688

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

624

prescriptions.

164

patients, 14% of all patients

3 35
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

668

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

631

prescriptions.

137

patients, 12% of all patients

4 44
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

525

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

406

prescriptions.

165

patients, 14% of all patients

5 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

524

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

474

prescriptions.

121

patients, 10% of all patients

6 13
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

445

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

399

prescriptions.

84

patients, 7% of all patients

7 17
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

445

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

111

patients, 10% of all patients

7 6
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

412

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

89

patients, 8% of all patients

9 24
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

385

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

111

patients, 10% of all patients

10 1
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

375

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

342

prescriptions.

108

patients, 9% of all patients

P 11 11
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

334

prescriptions.

65

patients, 6% of all patients

12 47
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

305

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

81

patients, 7% of all patients

13 7
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

302

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

104

patients, 9% of all patients

P 14 3
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

60

patients, 5% of all patients

R 15 9
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

268

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

68

patients, 6% of all patients

16 4
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

257

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

59

patients, 5% of all patients

P 17 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

18 15
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

19 31
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

20 16
INVEGA

Treats schizophrenia (a men... +

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

163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

P 21 51
MEMANTINE HCL

Treats moderate to severe ... +

Treats moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

22 58
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

132

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

R 23 8
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

P 24 21
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

P 25 37
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

26 38
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

26 40
RIVASTIGMINE*

Used to treat mild to moder... +

Used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss and mental changes) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

28 81
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

29 12
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

P 30 27
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

31 20
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

32 19
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

33 70
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

34 30
RIVASTIGMINE* 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

35 107
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

36 54
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

37 22
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

38 18
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 April 1, 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.