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Fentanyl is an opioid (narcotic) medicine that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Source: Iodine  *

*This description is for related drug Fentanyl

Important Information About This Drug

Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

As many as one quarter of those receiving these drugs over a long period of time in a primary care setting struggle with addiction.

Read more about the appropriate use of these drugs and speak to your doctor about their risks.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 2212 of 3238

Retail Cost

Rank: 942 of 3238


Rank: 2564 of 3238


Rank: 2437 of 3238

User Reviews of Related Drug Fentanyl »

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Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
New Jersey 134 $1.9M
California 11 82 $1.07M
Florida 62 $645K
Texas 35 $278K
New York 32 $658K
Washington 28 $186K
Virginia 28 $374K
Illinois 25 $108K
Maryland 23 $203K
Arizona 17 $133K
Pennsylvania 16 $127K
Alabama 13 $69K
Wisconsin 13 $135K
North Carolina 12 $26K
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. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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