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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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35,180Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 205

$1.49M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 205

1,825 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
12% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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

33% of this provider’s 224 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

24% of this provider’s 224 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

1% of this provider’s 1,825 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

8% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 10%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $32 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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

$910K

2012

$1.45M

2013

$1.7M

2014

$1.49M

2015

Number of Claims

9,932

2012

22,280

2013

29,674

2014

35,180

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

6,463

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

1,046

patients, 57% of all patients

10 1 1
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

3,084

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

570

patients, 31% of all patients

R 10 2 5
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

2,218

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

346

patients, 19% of all patients

P 3 8
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

1,756

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

283

patients, 16% of all patients

10 4 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

1,547

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

259

patients, 14% of all patients

5 3
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

1,444

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

235

patients, 13% of all patients

10 6 10
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

1,406

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

298

patients, 16% of all patients

7 2
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

1,232

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

205

patients, 11% of all patients

10 8 20
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

1,136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

191

patients, 10% of all patients

9 4
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

1,130

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

188

patients, 10% of all patients

10 7
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

996

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

180

patients, 10% of all patients

11 6
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

945

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

143

patients, 8% of all patients

P 12 9
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

907

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

177

patients, 10% of all patients

13 12
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

889

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

155

patients, 8% of all patients

14 15
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

874

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

156

patients, 9% of all patients

15 11
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

797

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

135

patients, 7% of all patients

10 16 25
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

771

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

130

patients, 7% of all patients

17 38
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

624

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

106

patients, 6% of all patients

18 13
ESTAZOLAM 505

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

118

patients, 6% of all patients

19 18
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

503

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

89

patients, 5% of all patients

20 21
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

470

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

80

patients, 4% of all patients

21 17
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

456

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

87

patients, 5% of all patients

10 22 40
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

442

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

67

patients, 4% of all patients

P 23 24
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

433

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

100

patients, 5% of all patients

P 24 31
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

312

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

86

patients, 5% of all patients

P 25 35
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

261

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

60

patients, 3% of all patients

26 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

222

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

P 27 41
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

213

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

28 26
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

R 29 19
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

39

patients, 2% of all patients

30 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

158

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

42

patients, 2% of all patients

31 22
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

108

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

32 30
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

33 37
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

P 34 46
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

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

93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

R 35 23
ZALEPLON 90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

R 36 42
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

37 36
FLURAZEPAM HCL 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

38 32
VIIBRYD

Used to treat depression in... +

Used to treat depression in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

39 89
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

40 33
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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

41 60
DESVENLAFAXINE ER 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

10 42 65
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 P 43 27
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 44 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER

Used to treat insomnia (tro... +

Used to treat insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

R 44 48
INVEGA

Treats schizophrenia (a men... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 P 46 86
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

47 64
INVEGA SUSTENNA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 P 48 97
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

49 44
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.