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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,050Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 629

$960K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 629

401 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
14% Patients 65 Years and Older

96% 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 Massachusetts
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

23 of this provider’s 56 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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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

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

18 of this provider’s 56 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 401 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 9%.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $81 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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

$727K

2012

$753K

2013

$980K

2014

$960K

2015

Number of Claims

6,535

2012

9,438

2013

11,541

2014

13,050

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
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

1,065

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

118

patients, 29% of all patients

1 1
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

594

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

73

patients, 18% of all patients

R 2 17
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

560

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

58

patients, 14% of all patients

3 4
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

554

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

69

patients, 17% of all patients

4 13
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

514

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

42

patients, 10% of all patients

P 5 11
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

486

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

P 6 12
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

478

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

58

patients, 14% of all patients

7 27
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

473

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

73

patients, 18% of all patients

8 2
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

473

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

56

patients, 14% of all patients

P 8 3
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

416

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

38

patients, 9% of all patients

R 10 19
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

410

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

63

patients, 16% of all patients

11 8
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

385

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

42

patients, 10% of all patients

P 12 7
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

339

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

46

patients, 11% of all patients

13 9
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

297

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

14 23
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

288

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

15 5
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

254

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

16 6
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

17 14
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

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

P 18 58
PERPHENAZINE

Treats the symptoms of cert... +

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

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

P 19 36
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

29

patients, 7% of all patients

20 15
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

R 21 39
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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

P 22 47
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

23 10
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

P 24 32
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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

25 20
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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

25 31
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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

27 18
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

P 28 25
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

29 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

30 24
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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

31 40
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

32 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

33 22
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as ... +

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

34 45
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

P 35 35
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

36 44
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

R 37 48
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

P 38 38
PILOCARPINE HCL

Pilocarpine is used to trea... +

Pilocarpine is used to treat dry mouth caused by radiotherapy in people with head and neck cancer and to treat dry mouth in people with Sjogren's syndrome (a condition that affects the immune system and causes dryness of certain parts of the body such as the eyes and mouth). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

39 83
ZALEPLON 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 40 99
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 40 34
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

42 16
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 43 28
VYVANSE 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 44 74
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHET ER

Used as part of a treatment... +

Used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 45 42
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 46 52
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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

47 26
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 48 63
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 49 71
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 50 43
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 51 41
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

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 R 52 70
NALTREXONE HCL 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 53 76
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 Dec. 27, 2016.
  • 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.