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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Psychiatry

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,211Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 1622

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 1622

644 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84% Patients 65 Years and Older

34% 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 New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

26% of this provider’s 542 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 43%.

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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

11% of this provider’s 542 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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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

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$127 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $105 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$783K

2012

$929K

2013

$970K

2014

$1.05M

2015

Number of Claims

5,519

2012

6,734

2013

7,460

2014

8,211

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

570

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

422

prescriptions.

127

patients, 20% of all patients

1 1
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

453

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

393

prescriptions.

88

patients, 14% of all patients

2 17
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

382

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

88

patients, 14% of all patients

3 8
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

323

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

78

patients, 12% of all patients

4 30
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

311

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

72

patients, 11% of all patients

5 10
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

309

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

R 6 9
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

285

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

77

patients, 12% of all patients

7 13
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

265

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

58

patients, 9% of all patients

P 8 2
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

258

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

73

patients, 11% of all patients

9 4
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, 3% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

54

patients, 8% of all patients

10 14
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

217

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

11 5
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

213

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

P 12 6
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

206

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

13 19
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

204

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

14 11
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

15 36
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

174

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

16 15
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

17 18
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

164

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

18 79
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

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

19 28
METHYLPHENIDATE ER 136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

10 19 164
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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

21 21
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

P 22 22
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

23 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

24 23
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

P 25 3
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

26 63
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

27 31
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

P 28 26
CYMBALTA 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

10 28 133
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

30 32
BUPROPION HCL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 62
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

31 47
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

33 40
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

34 25
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

35 45
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

36 69
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

P 37 29
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

38 88
MODAFINIL

Treats narcolepsy, sleep ap... +

Treats narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

39 139
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. 18, 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.