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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,082Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 1965

$1.58M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 1965

919 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
37% Patients 65 Years and Older

90% 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

57% of this provider’s 343 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

20% of this provider’s 343 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 *

13% 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

$98 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $116 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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

$1.28M

2012

$1.3M

2013

$1.4M

2014

$1.58M

2015

Number of Claims

8,658

2012

10,872

2013

13,696

2014

16,082

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

1,163

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

442

prescriptions.

188

patients, 20% of all patients

P 1 4
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

1,034

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

492

prescriptions.

234

patients, 25% of all patients

2 5
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

992

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

139

patients, 15% of all patients

P 3 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

822

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

348

prescriptions.

138

patients, 15% of all patients

P 4 1
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

780

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

133

patients, 14% of all patients

5 21
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

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

775

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

146

patients, 16% of all patients

R 6 7
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

699

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

119

patients, 13% of all patients

7 2
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

591

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

117

patients, 13% of all patients

8 3
HALOPERIDOL*

Treats symptoms of mental a... +

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

488

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

107

patients, 12% of all patients

P 9 26
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

460

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

104

patients, 11% of all patients

10 30
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

450

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

73

patients, 8% of all patients

11 13
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

443

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

70

patients, 8% of all patients

12 28
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

406

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

66

patients, 7% of all patients

13 22
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

396

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

14 12
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

378

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

15 8
CLOZAPINE

Treats schizophrenia. Also ... +

Treats schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

365

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

P 16 17
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

362

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

17 14
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

326

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

89

patients, 10% of all patients

R 18 20
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

322

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

68

patients, 7% of all patients

P 19 31
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

287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

20 11
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

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

21 9
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

242

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

P 22 32
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

241

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

23 15
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

222

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

P 24 29
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

217

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

P 25 18
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

202

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

26 40
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

199

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

27 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

194

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

28 19
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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

P 29 49
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

30 27
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

31 24
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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

32 23
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

33 16
OLANZAPINE ODT 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 34 43
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

35 35
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

P 36 33
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

37 10
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

R 38 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

R 39 63
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

40 58
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

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 41 115
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 42 57
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 43 45
VALPROIC ACID*

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

43 74
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 45 37
SAPHRIS 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

P 45 65
RISPERIDONE ODT 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

P 47 112
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 Feb. 28, 2013.
  • 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.