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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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41,688Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 205

$594K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 205

1,828 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
18% 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

15% of this provider’s 324 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

23% of this provider’s 324 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

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

5% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 10%.

Prescription Price

$14 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $32 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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

$427K

2012

$560K

2013

$619K

2014

$594K

2015

Number of Claims

16,782

2012

30,751

2013

37,788

2014

41,688

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
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

6,325

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

678

prescriptions.

907

patients, 50% of all patients

10 1 17
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

5,532

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

883

prescriptions.

627

patients, 34% of all patients

10 2 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

2,947

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

425

patients, 23% of all patients

R 10 3 5
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

2,880

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

351

patients, 19% of all patients

P 10 4 9
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

2,668

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

362

prescriptions.

354

patients, 19% of all patients

10 5 6
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

2,186

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

273

patients, 15% of all patients

6 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

2,130

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

304

patients, 17% of all patients

10 7 10
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

2,015

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

275

patients, 15% of all patients

10 8 13
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

1,931

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

383

prescriptions.

307

patients, 17% of all patients

9 2
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

1,516

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

356

prescriptions.

163

patients, 9% of all patients

10 7
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

1,075

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

307

prescriptions.

112

patients, 6% of all patients

11 4
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

1,073

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

143

patients, 8% of all patients

12 12
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

967

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

141

patients, 8% of all patients

10 13 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

802

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

112

patients, 6% of all patients

R 10 14 19
ESTAZOLAM 802

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

135

patients, 7% of all patients

10 14 18
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

581

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

66

patients, 4% of all patients

P 16 8
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

577

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

74

patients, 4% of all patients

10 17 25
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

503

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

60

patients, 3% of all patients

P 18 24
FLURAZEPAM HCL 482

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

76

patients, 4% of all patients

10 19 32
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

398

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

52

patients, 3% of all patients

20 14
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

371

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

56

patients, 3% of all patients

21 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

332

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

35

patients, 2% of all patients

22 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

304

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

23 15
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

302

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

40

patients, 2% of all patients

P 24 27
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

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

286

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

R 25 23
VENLAFAXINE HCL

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

262

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

26 40
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

250

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

27 21
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

207

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

28 16
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

165

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

P 29 34
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

156

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

27

patients, 1% of all patients

30 55
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

145

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

R 31 28
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

113

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

P 32 31
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

107

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 33 41
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

104

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

34 26
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

101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

P 35 50
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

100

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

36 29
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

98

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

37 43
THIOTHIXENE 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

<11 P 38 51
ZALEPLON 94

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

R 39 42
THIORIDAZINE HCL 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P R 40 53
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

P 41 35
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 P 42 46
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

Treats anxiety, tension, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, allergies, skin rash, hives, and itching. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

43

patients, 2% of all patients

R 43 63
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

<11 44 38
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.