It started with the high prescribing Miami alienist* who wrote 284,908 prescriptions over the past six years which cost Florida taxpayers $43 million. See here: http://www.cchrflorida.org/blog/tag/dr-fernando-mendez-villamil/
*Alienist – Psychiatrist; derivation Mid-19th century < French aliéniste < Latin alienare “estrange, make irrational”
(Encarta World English Dictionary)
Newspapers in other states are now publishing articles on high prescribers in their own zone. (See below links for stories)
Now an Alabama newspaper is calling for their new Governor to force Alabama Medicaid to release psych drug data.
Quotes: “It is important because, as it turns out, some doctors are writing far more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs than are their colleagues. Not only does this add to the strain on Medicaid and Medicare, but it may indicate that some patients are being over-medicated. …Grassley, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote to state Medicaid agencies earlier this year, asking them to list their top 10 prescribers of eight drugs commonly used in psychiatry.“