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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Hematology Oncology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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2,982Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 95

$754K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 95

320 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older

36% 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 Louisiana
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

22% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 256 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

35% of this provider’s 320 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

19% 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

$253 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $714 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$756K

2012

$594K

2013

$702K

2014

$754K

2015

Number of Claims

1,980

2012

1,901

2013

2,204

2014

2,982

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

226

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

68

patients, 21% of all patients

O 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

2 9
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

72

patients, 23% of all patients

3 8
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

126

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

O 4 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

34

patients, 11% of all patients

5 19
ANASTROZOLE

Treats certain types of bre... +

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

103

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

6 1
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

94

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

O 7 40
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

94

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

7 6
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

86

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

9 32
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

10 28
TAMOXIFEN CITRATE

Tamoxifen is used to treat ... +

Tamoxifen is used to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body in men and women. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

11 4
MEGESTROL ACETATE

Megestrol tablets treat bre... +

Megestrol tablets treat breast and uterine cancer. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

22

patients, 7% of all patients

R 12 49
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

29

patients, 9% of all patients

13 10
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

63

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 13 87
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

35

patients, 11% of all patients

A 15 44
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

51

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

O 16 11
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. 7, 2014.
  • 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.