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Prescriber Checkup » NAPROXEN SODIUM

NAPROXEN SODIUM

Prescription naproxen is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), juvenile arthritis (a form of joint disease in children), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Prescription naproxen tablets, extended-release tablets, and suspension are also used to relieve shoulder pain caused by bursitis (inflammation of a fluid-filled sac in the shoulder joint), tendinitis (inflammation of the tissue that connects muscle to bone), gouty arthritis (attacks of joint pain caused by a build-up of certain substances in the joints), and pain from other causes, including menstrual pain (pain that happens before or during a menstrual period). Nonprescription naproxen is used to reduce fever and to relieve mild pain from headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, menstrual periods, the common cold, toothaches, and backaches. Naproxen is in a class of medications called NSAIDs. It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

104K
Medicare Part D Claims
$3.08M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
Puerto Rico 35,541 $343K
Florida 13,059 $178K
Texas 11,783 $178K
New York 10,573 $157K
Michigan 10,101 $174K
Pennsylvania 9,134 $145K
Tennessee 8,099 $121K
California 7,921 $169K
Alabama 7,857 $107K
Missouri 7,073 $107K
North Carolina 6,700 $99.6K
Ohio 6,311 $99.2K
Illinois 5,925 $88.6K
Louisiana 5,812 $79.8K
Mississippi 5,783 $76.9K
Georgia 5,432 $80.8K
Indiana 4,991 $86.8K
New Jersey 4,938 $60.6K
South Carolina 4,391 $57.7K
Virginia 3,915 $59.2K
Massachusetts 3,478 $49.8K
Kentucky 2,665 $43.1K
Wisconsin 2,537 $42.9K
Arizona 2,364 $38.3K
Washington 2,340 $43.5K
Arkansas 2,314 $33.6K
Minnesota 2,181 $34.7K
Connecticut 1,788 $22.4K
Oklahoma 1,625 $28.7K
West Virginia 1,607 $25.6K
Maryland 1,402 $21.2K
Oregon 1,362 $23.1K
Maine 1,313 $23.6K
Utah 1,135 $20K
Iowa 1,045 $14.5K
Colorado 990 $17.3K
Kansas 949 $15.7K
Rhode Island 843 $11.1K
Nebraska 808 $12.8K
New Hampshire 787 $11.3K
Vermont 740 $11.5K
Idaho 670 $12.1K
New Mexico 641 $11K
Delaware 551 $7,449
Nevada 471 $8,042
Hawaii 402 $6,346
Montana 324 $5,856
North Dakota 224 $3,653
Wyoming 190 $2,877
District of Columbia 176 $5,499
South Dakota 142 $1,886
Alaska 103 $1,623
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2011 includes nearly 1.2 billion prescriptions written by 1.6 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 364,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. About three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »


Incorrect Info?

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Top prescribers for NAPROXEN SODIUM

Provider Medicare Claims City State
DAVID FIELDS M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled54

WORCESTER

Massachusetts

THOMAS CORTELLESI DO

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled53

RICHLANDS

Virginia

PATRICK KERRIGAN DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled53

WILKES BARRE

Pennsylvania

DIEGO MENCHACA M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled53

LAREDO

Texas

HARESH PATEL M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled53

GRUNDY

Virginia

JORGE TIJMES M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Claims Filled53

MCALLEN

Texas

MICHAEL HANICH MD

Claims Filled53

KEARNEY

Nebraska

DAVID MOODY MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

CARTHAGE

Mississippi

RICHARD MURPHY MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

HUMBOLDT

Tennessee

PATRICK KARL D.O.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled52

JESUP

Georgia

JAMES SCHRICHTEN MD

Emergency Medicine

Claims Filled52

CINCINNATI

Ohio

WILLIAM COSTIGAN M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

Claims Filled52

PASADENA

California

ROBERTO LOZANO MD

Claims Filled52

RIO GRANDE CITY

Texas

KRISTY ROBINSON FNP

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Claims Filled52

CANTON

Mississippi

ALBERTO ARAKAKI M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

NEW YORK

New York

DAVID RUNYON M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

TROY

Alabama

RONNIE DIEM PAC

Physician Assistant

Claims Filled52

LEWES

Delaware

ROBERT JANTZ MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

LEBANON

Tennessee

JAMES WARRINGTON M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

CLARKSDALE

Mississippi

JOHN MONROE MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

NEW LONDON

Connecticut

LUIZ SUDBRACK M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled51

CHICAGO

Illinois

RONALD MCCOLLUM M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled51

GARLAND

Texas

MICHAEL SPEZIA D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled51

SAINT LOUIS

Missouri

EDWIN STONE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled51

SOUTHFIELD

Michigan

JESSE FELDER MD

Emergency Medicine

Claims Filled51

GREENVILLE

South Carolina