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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
DAVID KRENCIK DO

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled899

MUSKEGON

Michigan

JOHN STURMAN M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled889

INDIANAPOLIS

Indiana

JOHN DOWNEY D.O.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled887

AUGUSTA

Georgia

ALEN SALERIAN M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled875

WASHINGTON

District of Columbia

ANDREAS REVELIS M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled873

TULSA

Oklahoma

JOHN BERESH M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled871

HAMILTON

Ohio

JOHN MOTTO MD,MPH

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled868

WEST COLUMBIA

South Carolina

WESLEY STREVEL PA

Physician Assistant, Medical

Claims Filled866

SOMERSWORTH

New Hampshire

KEVIN DREW MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled862

MISHAWAKA

Indiana

ALLISON BROOKS NP

Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care

Claims Filled852

PORTLAND

Oregon

MARK ELLIS MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled820

ATHENS

Georgia

STEPHEN KATZ M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled817

ALEXANDRIA

Louisiana

SUDARSHAN TANGA MD

Legal Medicine

Claims Filled814

BOSSIER CITY

Louisiana

EYAD ALSABBAGH MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled814

BROOKSVILLE

Florida

DANNY SAILSBURY DO

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled810

GADSDEN

Alabama

KAMAL KABAKIBOU M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled792

ATLANTA

Georgia

ODEANE CONNOR MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled787

GADSDEN

Alabama

JAYAM KRISHNA IYER M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled766

CLEARWATER

Florida

RILEY LOVE MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled756

PADUCAH

Kentucky

RUSSELL SACHS MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled752

GREEN COVE SPRINGS

Florida

ROBERT COCHRAN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled751

NASHVILLE

Tennessee

CARA PEREZ M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled750

DAYTON

Ohio

JAIME GUERRERO MD

Anesthesiology

Claims Filled749

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

JAMES WHITE M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled749

REDDING

California

JILL MCCULLEY MS PAC

Physician Assistant

Claims Filled742

WILMINGTON

North Carolina