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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: 1251 of 3238

Retail Cost

Rank: 639 of 3238


Rank: 1348 of 3238


Rank: 1477 of 3238

User Reviews of Related Drug Fentanyl »

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Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 217 1,889 $4.37M
Florida 127 868 $1.73M
New York 94 703 $1.49M
Texas 114 690 $1.51M
New Jersey 66 491 $1.1M
Pennsylvania 54 450 $706K
Connecticut 27 346 $649K
Colorado 37 322 $694K
Michigan 48 256 $517K
Washington 39 242 $363K
Georgia 37 226 $326K
North Carolina 30 214 $447K
Utah 30 207 $450K
Tennessee 24 174 $242K
Virginia 44 164 $279K
Ohio 27 161 $313K
Indiana 21 157 $237K
Illinois 19 157 $236K
Arizona 34 147 $247K
Maryland 20 139 $244K
Arkansas 59 136 $21.3K
Missouri 23 117 $237K
Oklahoma 22 114 $149K
Massachusetts 99 $155K
Kansas 13 91 $150K
Oregon 12 87 $161K
Nevada 12 86 $285K
Alabama 78 $218K
South Carolina 12 66 $102K
Minnesota 66 $94.7K
Nebraska 51 $25K
Kentucky 36 $71K
Hawaii 35 $98.6K
Wisconsin 33 $72.6K
Delaware 28 $35.5K
Idaho 27 $51.8K
West Virginia 19 $37.4K
Rhode Island 18 $18K
Maine 14 $49.1K
Montana 13 $22.7K
New Hampshire 13 $1,065
South Dakota 12 $20.9K
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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