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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
KURT GOLD MD

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Claims Filled740

OMAHA

Nebraska

RAYMOND SORENSEN DO

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled737

TULSA

Oklahoma

DAVID COSGROVE MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled733

BIRMINGHAM

Alabama

AHMAD SHIKHTHOLTH MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled731

DECATUR

Alabama

ELLEN FLINCHUM M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled728

LEXINGTON

Kentucky

CHARLOTTE DEFLUMERE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled723

MEMPHIS

Tennessee

KENNETH BARNGROVER D O

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled716

COLUMBUS

Georgia

FREDERICA NODINE NP-C

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Claims Filled712

BLUFFTON

Indiana

ABDULLAHI MUBARAK M.D.

Addiction Medicine

Claims Filled711

CENTERVILLE

Ohio

JASON URSO REGISTERED PA

Physician Assistant, Medical

Claims Filled709

CONCORD

North Carolina

LAWRENCE PETERS MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled706

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

DEBORAH SLATER MSN, APRN-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Claims Filled702

CHATTANOOGA

Tennessee

JOHN KELLY MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled699

CRESTVIEW HILLS

Kentucky

BRUCE KAY M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Claims Filled697

DAYTON

Ohio

KATHERINE BALLARD M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled697

LEXINGTON

Kentucky

NAGA THOTA MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled691

EL CAJON

California

ROBERT BIGLER MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled688

LAFAYETTE

Indiana

LUIS PAGANI MD

Neurology

Claims Filled688

CINCINNATI

Ohio

PRIMO TAMAYO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled686

GLENDALE

Wisconsin

GUANG YANG M.D.

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Claims Filled685

STOW

Ohio

WALTER ELLIS M.D.

Claims Filled679

BATON ROUGE

Louisiana

DARRYL FOSTER PA-C

Physician Assistant, Medical

Claims Filled679

FAYETTEVILLE

North Carolina

GREELEY MIKLASHEK MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled675

MUSKEGON

Michigan

AARON GOOTMAN MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled672

FAYETTEVILLE

North Carolina

JOHN BARSA MD

Specialist

Claims Filled669

TAMPA

Florida