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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Hematology Oncology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,879Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 105

$4.49M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 105

228 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59% 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 Washington
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 134 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

18% of this provider’s 228 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 14%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

21% of this provider’s 228 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 24%.

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Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$653 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $776 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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

$2.7M

2012

$3.27M

2013

$3.88M

2014

$4.49M

2015

Number of Claims

6,567

2012

6,980

2013

6,874

2014

6,879

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
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

414

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

48

patients, 21% of all patients

1 19
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

378

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

43

patients, 19% of all patients

2 20
REYATAZ 255

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

28

patients, 12% of all patients

3 23
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

28

patients, 12% of all patients

4 14
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

213

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

22

patients, 10% of all patients

5 26
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

6 28
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

27

patients, 12% of all patients

7 8
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

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

27

patients, 12% of all patients

8 21
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

9 32
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

20

patients, 9% of all patients

10 6
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

11 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 6% of all patients

12 37
REVLIMID 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

13 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

14 27
NEVIRAPINE ER 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 15 40
COMPLERA 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 16 41
TIVICAY 88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

15

patients, 7% of all patients

17 42
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

O 18 4
INTELENCE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 19 43
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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

20 11
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 21 45
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

22 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

23 16
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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

R 24 50
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

25 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

O 25 12
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 27 33
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

27 29
PREZCOBIX 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

29 51
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 O 30 52
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 31 53
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 32 55
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 33 60
LAMIVUDINE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 34 61
SUSTIVA 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 34 61
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 7% of all patients

A 36 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 36 64
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 June 17, 2008.
  • 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.