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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,929Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 1965

$1.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 1965

422 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47% Patients 65 Years and Older

79% 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

42% of this provider’s 200 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

26% of this provider’s 200 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

3% of this provider’s 422 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 13%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$165 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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

$1.46M

2012

$1.84M

2013

$1.97M

2014

$1.8M

2015

Number of Claims

8,603

2012

11,372

2013

10,892

2014

10,929

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
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

663

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

415

prescriptions.

56

patients, 13% of all patients

P 10 1 32
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

494

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

79

patients, 19% of all patients

2 2
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

435

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

107

patients, 25% of all patients

3 5
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

376

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

P 4 17
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

362

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

55

patients, 13% of all patients

P 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

355

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

50

patients, 12% of all patients

P 6 1
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

348

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

63

patients, 15% of all patients

7 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

343

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

51

patients, 12% of all patients

8 21
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

280

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

9 28
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

269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

P 10 33
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

255

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

R 11 7
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

252

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

P 12 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

214

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

R 13 20
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

14 3
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

15 23
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

15 40
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

P 17 4
INVEGA

Treats schizophrenia (a men... +

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

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

P 18 53
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

19 10
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

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

20 41
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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

21 8
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

22 35
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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

23 50
FAZACLO 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 P 24 47
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

25 16
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

26 13
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

27 15
PRAZOSIN HCL

Prazosin is used alone or i... +

Prazosin is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

28 54
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

29 30
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

30 24
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

P 31 26
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

32 61
FANAPT 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

<11 P 33 69
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

34 11
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

35 68
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

36 14
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

36 9
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM

Liothyronine, a thyroid hor... +

Liothyronine, 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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

36 105
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

39 19
OLANZAPINE ODT 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 P 40 43
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

41 37
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

P 42 29
INVEGA SUSTENNA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

P 43 34
HALOPERIDOL DECANOATE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 P 44 59
SAPHRIS 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 P 45 65
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 P 46 49
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 47 36
ABILIFY MAINTENA 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 P 48 64
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 49 58
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

50 22
ALPRAZOLAM ER 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 50 150
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL

Trihexyphenidyl is used to ... +

Trihexyphenidyl is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and tremors caused by other medical problems or drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 R 52 42
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 52 39
ZALEPLON 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 52 81
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 52 86
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

56 70
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 57 149
HALOPERIDOL LACTATE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

P 58 126
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 Oct. 3, 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.
  • 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.