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FENTANYL

Duragesic (Fentanyl) is an opioid (narcotic) medicine that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Source: Iodine

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 2015

3.13M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 105 of 3395

$330M
Retail Cost

Rank: 90 of 3395

452,033
Patients

Rank: 168 of 3395

171,956
Prescribers

Rank: 143 of 3395

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79%

of people say

it's worth it

70%

of people say

it worked well

14%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

2.79M

2011

2.94M

2012

3.11M

2013

3.15M

2014

3.13M

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$447M

2011

$429M

2012

$439M

2013

$386M

2014

$330M

2015

Average Patient Cost

Average amount that patients without a low-income subsidy paid each year.

$218

2011

$217

2012

$232

2013

$218

2014

$202

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 32,063 216,448 $27.9M
Florida 35,129 210,895 $20.1M
Pennsylvania 27,836 195,789 $20.8M
Texas 29,711 170,266 $18.5M
New York 25,554 148,329 $16.8M
Michigan 21,504 145,489 $15.1M
Illinois 19,651 126,964 $12.7M
North Carolina 19,328 121,795 $13.1M
Ohio 16,759 116,205 $11.3M
Indiana 12,842 90,413 $8.91M
Georgia 14,429 89,507 $9.26M
Tennessee 13,829 88,252 $8.31M
Wisconsin 11,346 87,902 $8.63M
Missouri 13,111 86,364 $8.5M
New Jersey 12,379 78,599 $7.9M
Virginia 10,289 65,666 $6.67M
Washington 8,694 62,318 $6.18M
Alabama 9,775 60,545 $6.35M
Oklahoma 8,734 57,123 $6.49M
Iowa 6,975 54,340 $5.19M
Massachusetts 8,044 53,056 $5.97M
Oregon 6,791 49,245 $5.44M
Minnesota 6,882 48,369 $5.58M
Arizona 7,968 48,100 $5.38M
Kentucky 7,121 47,895 $4.72M
Kansas 6,871 46,455 $4.68M
Colorado 6,810 45,863 $5.06M
Maryland 6,997 45,381 $4.72M
South Carolina 7,654 45,127 $4.71M
Louisiana 6,862 40,333 $4.16M
Mississippi 6,053 37,710 $3.78M
Connecticut 5,365 35,400 $3.97M
Arkansas 5,451 34,157 $3.75M
Nebraska 3,897 27,780 $2.63M
Idaho 3,765 25,928 $2.84M
West Virginia 3,667 25,541 $2.38M
Utah 3,409 22,742 $2.6M
Maine 3,305 21,964 $2.53M
South Dakota 2,380 19,331 $1.77M
Nevada 3,113 17,693 $1.88M
Montana 2,207 16,751 $1.58M
New Mexico 2,727 16,458 $1.94M
North Dakota 2,213 16,258 $1.69M
New Hampshire 2,505 16,205 $1.86M
Delaware 1,720 11,690 $1.19M
Vermont 1,290 10,227 $1.11M
Rhode Island 1,158 6,781 $705K
Wyoming 887 5,569 $574K
Hawaii 907 5,074 $625K
Alaska 731 4,969 $565K
District of Columbia 617 2,419 $251K
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

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Top prescribers for FENTANYL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
JAMES RHO M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled1,003

RANCHO CUCAMONGA

California

JOHN RICHARD M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled970

LEXINGTON

Kentucky

DAVID HERRICK M. D.

Specialist

Claims Filled961

MONTGOMERY

Alabama

ANTHONY ALEXANDER M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled957

SEYMOUR

Indiana

HOWARD DIAMOND MD

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Claims Filled936

RICHARDSON

Texas

KATHERINE BALLARD M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled903

LEXINGTON

Kentucky

LAMAR MOREE M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled902

ALBANY

Georgia

EDWARD LUBIN MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled866

LARGO

Florida

EYAD ALSABBAGH MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled853

BROOKSVILLE

Florida

BRUCE MACKEY MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled838

EDMOND

Oklahoma

LLOYD MILLER MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled825

FLORENCE

South Carolina

JOSE REYES MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled821

PASADENA

Texas

GABRIEL SOMORI M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled820

ZEPHYRHILLS

Florida

KUSSAY NASSR MD

Neurology

Claims Filled816

DANVILLE

Pennsylvania

JEAN YOU M.D

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled814

KENNEWICK

Washington

KEVIN DREW MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled814

MISHAWAKA

Indiana

VIPUL KABARIA MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled813

TAMPA

Florida

MICHAEL FREY MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled808

FORT MYERS

Florida

KEITH WILLIAMS MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled787

PORT CHARLOTTE

Florida

FIRAS HIJAZI M.D.

Anesthesiology

Claims Filled784

LAPLACE

Louisiana

ALLEN SLOAN MD

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled776

NORTH AUGUSTA

South Carolina

PAUL GRANT MD

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled767

FORT WORTH

Texas

RAUL CHAO M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled764

SOUTH MIAMI

Florida

BOLKAR SAHINLER MD.

Interventional Pain Medicine

Claims Filled763

LUBBOCK

Texas

GEORGE ELIAS D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled758

GARDEN CITY

Michigan