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METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. It also is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in patients who were addicted to opiate drugs and are enrolled in treatment programs in order to stop taking or continue not taking the drugs. Methadone is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics. Methadone works to treat pain by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. It also works as a substitute for opiate drugs of abuse by producing similar effects and preventing withdrawal symptoms in people who have stopped using these drugs. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

1.17M
Medicare Part D Claims
$27.1M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 152,041 $3.83M
Florida 108,768 $2.09M
Washington 69,389 $1.22M
North Carolina 64,256 $1.18M
Michigan 63,247 $1.17M
Texas 61,374 $1.14M
Ohio 59,649 $911K
Georgia 50,503 $883K
Alabama 49,651 $921K
New York 46,954 $949K
Oregon 46,597 $957K
Pennsylvania 41,595 $884K
Indiana 38,968 $740K
Virginia 35,468 $648K
Massachusetts 34,552 $600K
Kentucky 30,408 $552K
Tennessee 27,590 $528K
Missouri 26,286 $484K
Wisconsin 25,617 $480K
Arizona 24,069 $562K
Arkansas 23,392 $418K
Illinois 22,999 $416K
Maryland 21,131 $384K
Minnesota 20,683 $305K
Louisiana 19,908 $425K
Colorado 19,492 $455K
Nevada 18,115 $340K
Oklahoma 17,646 $343K
South Carolina 16,348 $320K
Maine 15,160 $275K
Idaho 15,030 $238K
New Jersey 13,768 $282K
Iowa 13,285 $204K
Kansas 13,009 $261K
New Hampshire 12,734 $183K
Utah 12,733 $201K
Connecticut 9,414 $189K
West Virginia 9,003 $158K
Mississippi 8,767 $157K
Vermont 6,828 $109K
Nebraska 6,511 $89.3K
New Mexico 6,457 $123K
Montana 5,988 $95.4K
Hawaii 4,170 $95.9K
Delaware 3,641 $66.9K
Alaska 3,621 $73.2K
Rhode Island 3,024 $51.1K
North Dakota 2,225 $31.5K
South Dakota 2,104 $33.4K
Wyoming 1,919 $31.2K
District of Columbia 632 $13K
Puerto Rico 127 $1,872
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 METHADONE HCL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
PHILIP KOWASH M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled50

SACO

Maine

PHILIPPE VASQUEZ MPAS, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Claims Filled50

SACRAMENTO

California

HEYWOOD GAY MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled50

MILLEN

Georgia

LINDLEY GIFFORD MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled50

HYANNIS

Massachusetts

FREDERICK HALLER M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled50

KELLOGG

Idaho

LARRY PYLE M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled50

REDDING

California

LAWRENCE BERNSTEIN MD

Adult Medicine

Claims Filled50

CHICOPEE

Massachusetts

RAMON AQUINO M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled50

CLARKSVILLE

Tennessee

BHASKAR SAHAY MD

General Practice

Claims Filled50

CLOVIS

New Mexico

BETTY LIU MD

Specialist

Claims Filled50

PITTSBURGH

Pennsylvania

JERRY CORRECES M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled50

HAGERSTOWN

Maryland

JEANETTE HEPBURN APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Claims Filled50

PROVIDENCE

Utah

YONG LEE MD

Claims Filled50

AUSTELL

Georgia

JEFFERY MEYER MD

Specialist

Claims Filled50

MIDWEST CITY

Oklahoma

SAMUEL SCHENKER MD

Specialist

Claims Filled50

TOMS RIVER

New Jersey

CHRIS FUKE MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled50

PASADENA

Texas

KIMBERLY EMERSON M.D

Family Medicine

Claims Filled50

BENTONVILLE

Arkansas

JOHN TYLER M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled50

COLORADO SPRINGS

Colorado

RICHARD BUNCH MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled50

OTHELLO

Washington

JOHN WELSH M.D.

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Claims Filled50

LOS ALTOS

California

MICHAEL REINER M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled50

PAHRUMP

Nevada

THELMA WRIGHT M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled50

BALTIMORE

Maryland

SUNG MIN M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled50

CINCINNATI

Ohio

NASSEER MASOODI MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled50

LIVE OAK

Florida

ELLEN KIM MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled50

MONROE

Washington