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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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11,510Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 1965

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 1965

649 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54% Patients 65 Years and Older

88% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

58% of this provider’s 348 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 40%.

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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

18% of this provider’s 348 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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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 *

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$121 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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

$1.3M

2012

$1.16M

2013

$1.27M

2014

$1.4M

2015

Number of Claims

10,112

2012

9,937

2013

10,698

2014

11,510

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

1,032

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

479

prescriptions.

130

patients, 20% of all patients

P 1 4
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

915

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

345

prescriptions.

118

patients, 18% 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

637

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

351

prescriptions.

83

patients, 13% of all patients

P 3 1
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

583

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

156

patients, 24% of all patients

4 5
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

525

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

R 5 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

487

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

70

patients, 11% of all patients

6 19
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

387

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

7 3
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

376

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

8 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

335

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

9 21
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

317

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

10 36
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

316

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

55

patients, 8% of all patients

11 15
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

272

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

12 2
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

270

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

P 13 31
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

P 14 18
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

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

61

patients, 9% of all patients

R 15 20
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

211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

16 14
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

206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

17 11
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

P 18 29
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

19 27
OLANZAPINE ODT 172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

P 20 43
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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

21 8
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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

22 25
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

157

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

23 23
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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

24 9
CLOMIPRAMINE HCL 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

R 25 99
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

P 26 26
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

27 30
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

28 22
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

29 35
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

30 10
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 24
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

32 12
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

P 33 17
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

34 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

35 16
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 36 33
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 37 61
THIORIDAZINE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 P R 38 106
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 39 57
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

40 56
NUEDEXTA

Used to treat pseudobulbar ... +

Used to treat pseudobulbar affect (PBA; a condition of sudden, frequent outbursts of crying or laughing that can not be controlled) in people with certain conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease; condition in which the nerves that control muscle movement slowly die, causing the muscles to shrink and weaken) or multiple sclerosis (a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 41 50
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

41 66
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 Jan. 7, 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.