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Duragesic (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 2014

Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1441 of 3362

Retail Cost

Rank: 792 of 3362


Rank: 1670 of 3362


Rank: 1663 of 3362

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Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 163 1,307 $3.09M
Florida 106 606 $1.11M
New York 83 496 $858K
Texas 88 425 $776K
New Jersey 56 309 $640K
Pennsylvania 43 278 $440K
Connecticut 23 275 $324K
Michigan 37 206 $455K
Washington 31 183 $264K
Georgia 30 169 $297K
Utah 30 156 $172K
Colorado 33 145 $281K
Tennessee 23 131 $163K
Oklahoma 20 122 $146K
Arizona 17 121 $261K
Indiana 15 120 $196K
Ohio 17 113 $180K
Illinois 23 109 $155K
North Carolina 26 107 $217K
Virginia 14 94 $200K
Maryland 18 89 $166K
Massachusetts 88 $108K
South Carolina 13 80 $187K
Alabama 78 $167K
Missouri 19 72 $106K
Nevada 65 $178K
Kansas 61 $109K
Oregon 12 60 $126K
Wisconsin 39 $91.2K
Nebraska 38 $18.2K
Kentucky 30 $51.5K
Rhode Island 29 $27.4K
Delaware 22 $26.4K
Arkansas 19 $20K
Minnesota 17 $20.3K
West Virginia 16 $23.1K
Louisiana 15 $68.1K
Hawaii 13 $79.7K
Maine 12 $23.7K
Alaska 12 $14.3K
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. The data for 2014 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by more than 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 428,000 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 »

Incorrect Info?

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