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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Hematology Oncology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,069Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 98

$1.62M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 98

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61% Patients 65 Years and Older

63% 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 South Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

10% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 202 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

57% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 29%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$527 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $868 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$849K

2012

$971K

2013

$1.25M

2014

$1.62M

2015

Number of Claims

2,217

2012

2,940

2013

3,190

2014

3,069

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
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

441

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

97

patients, 29% of all patients

O 1 6
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

201

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

38

patients, 12% of all patients

O 2 23
LETROZOLE

Used to treat certain types... +

Used to treat certain types of breast cancer in women who have already stopped menstruating (postmenopausal). Source: National Library of Medicine

167

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

3 2
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

153

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

R 4 29
ANASTROZOLE

Treats certain types of bre... +

Treats certain types of breast cancer in women who have stopped menstruating (postmenopausal). Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

5 1
HYDROXYUREA

Treats certain types of can... +

Treats certain types of cancer, including leukemia, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, and head and neck cancer. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

6 12
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

O 7 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

37

patients, 11% of all patients

O 8 3
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

O 9 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

10 24
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

66

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

11 19
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

64

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

R 12 25
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

O 13 50
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

O 14 5
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

53

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

15

patients, 5% of all patients

15 17
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 Sept. 16, 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.