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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Hematology Oncology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,230Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 160

$2.74M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 160

611 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

40% 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 Georgia
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

24% of this provider’s 611 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

15% of this provider’s 476 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

27% of this provider’s 611 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 30%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$440 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $771 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$1.48M

2012

$1.92M

2013

$2.06M

2014

$2.74M

2015

Number of Claims

6,060

2012

6,806

2013

6,587

2014

6,230

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
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

587

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

450

prescriptions.

126

patients, 21% of all patients

1 7
ANASTROZOLE

Treats certain types of bre... +

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

566

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

486

prescriptions.

97

patients, 16% of all patients

2 1
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

347

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

89

patients, 15% of all patients

3 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

238

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

96

patients, 16% of all patients

O 4 2
EXEMESTANE 185

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

5 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

156

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

O 6 5
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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

7 13
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

O 8 15
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

130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

92

patients, 15% of all patients

A 9 31
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

128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

10 53
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

88

patients, 14% of all patients

11 66
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

109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

R 12 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

12 30
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

105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

14 4
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

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

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

15 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

16 24
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

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

17 3
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

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

17 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

O 19 32
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE

Prochlorperazine suppositor... +

Prochlorperazine suppositories and tablets are used to control severe nausea and vomiting. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

20 12
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

21 29
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

O 22 19
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

23 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

24 18
MEGESTROL ACETATE

Megestrol tablets treat bre... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

R 25 55
REVLIMID 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

26 14
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

27 11
DEXAMETHASONE

Treats inflammation and man... +

Treats inflammation and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

28 10
JANTOVEN

Helps to prevent new blood ... +

Helps to prevent new blood clots from forming, and helps to keep existing blood clots from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

29 68
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

30 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 April 9, 2015.
  • 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.