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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
SHELINDER AGGARWAL M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled1,894

HUNTSVILLE

Alabama

LORN MILLER MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,848

JASPER

Alabama

LAMAR MOREE M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled1,625

ALBANY

Georgia

JORGE LEAL MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled1,573

TAMPA

Florida

GEORGE HOWELL MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,402

PEA RIDGE

Arkansas

MEDHAT REHEEM MD

Specialist

Claims Filled1,379

BROOKSVILLE

Florida

BRIAN JAMES M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,376

SARASOTA

Florida

JAY BAKER DO

Anesthesiology

Claims Filled1,375

SPRINGFIELD

Missouri

MUHAMMAD ALI M.D.

Claims Filled1,290

JASPER

Alabama

GEORGE SIDHOM M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled1,238

SPRING HILL

Florida

PAUL MURATTA D.O.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,226

GADSDEN

Alabama

ROGER LEMMEN M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled1,210

BLUFFTON

Indiana

CHRISTOPHER HILL M.D.

Anesthesiology

Claims Filled1,202

SAN BERNARDINO

California

EUGENE MANGIERI MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled1,141

NORTHPORT

Alabama

MARK MURPHY M.D

Anesthesiology

Claims Filled1,109

DECATUR

Alabama

RICHARD LINGREEN MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled1,017

FRANKFORT

Kentucky

MARK RORRER D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled974

MORAINE

Ohio

ROBERT SACKHEIM MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled967

PENSACOLA

Florida

GINA DAVIS RN, NP, PMHNP, MSN

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Claims Filled966

REDDING

California

ROBERT ULSETH MD

Specialist

Claims Filled960

OCALA

Florida

C GOTT M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled955

BOWLING GREEN

Kentucky

JOHN MILNOR M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled954

MEMPHIS

Tennessee

LAWRENCE WINIKUR M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled949

DANVILLE

Virginia

MICHAEL SHRAMOWIAT LLC

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Claims Filled934

VIENNA

West Virginia

TOSHEIBA HOLMES MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled928

LAFAYETTE

Louisiana