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MORPHINE SULFATE

Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) is an opioid medicine that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Source: Iodine  *

*This description is for related drug Morphine

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

9,359
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1322 of 3395

$11.2M
Retail Cost

Rank: 880 of 3395

1,716
Patients

Rank: 1526 of 3395

2,046
Prescribers

Rank: 1380 of 3395

More info on related drug Morphine »

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55%

of people say

it's worth it

43%

of people say

it worked well

20%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

132K

2011

69.1K

2012

38.6K

2013

17.8K

2014

9,359

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$70.6M

2011

$40.2M

2012

$24.9M

2013

$16M

2014

$11.2M

2015

Average Patient Cost

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

$368

2011

$286

2012

$316

2013

$384

2014

$563

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 280 1,404 $1.62M
Tennessee 146 617 $571K
New York 95 513 $832K
Florida 72 464 $620K
Wisconsin 80 463 $520K
New Jersey 45 366 $392K
Pennsylvania 77 361 $625K
Missouri 63 351 $353K
Texas 67 347 $391K
North Carolina 55 324 $264K
Ohio 53 287 $269K
Oklahoma 38 280 $694K
Michigan 47 235 $276K
Massachusetts 26 228 $417K
Maryland 34 200 $205K
Illinois 44 197 $170K
Virginia 30 185 $172K
Georgia 34 181 $218K
Oregon 23 172 $232K
Connecticut 31 157 $159K
Alabama 22 151 $196K
Arizona 32 147 $226K
Maine 24 131 $126K
New Hampshire 17 130 $130K
Indiana 40 127 $139K
Iowa 22 121 $98.6K
Delaware 24 118 $151K
Idaho 26 111 $151K
Kentucky 24 108 $96.6K
Washington 24 88 $96.8K
South Carolina 18 82 $91.5K
Utah 15 80 $92.5K
Colorado 18 76 $91K
Minnesota 11 73 $89.4K
Mississippi 15 72 $56.1K
Nebraska 19 62 $47.3K
Alaska 49 $20.3K
Montana 11 43 $36.1K
Kansas 40 $63.8K
Nevada 38 $37.6K
Arkansas 12 33 $27.2K
New Mexico 29 $25.3K
West Virginia 28 $16K
South Dakota 26 $16.3K
Louisiana 22 $24.3K
Hawaii 21 $24.5K
Rhode Island 11 $2,792
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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