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FENTANYL CITRATE

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

612
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 2168 of 3362

$3.82M
Retail Cost

Rank: 1150 of 3362

210
Patients

Rank: 2159 of 3362

106
Prescribers

Rank: 2260 of 3362

More info on related drug Fentanyl »

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82%

of people say

it's worth it

78%

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

82

2011

127

2012

136

2013

612

2014

838

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$124K

2011

$253K

2012

$433K

2013

$3.82M

2014

$7.19M

2015

Average Patient Cost

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

N/A

2011

$409

2012

$667

2013

$865

2014

$1,807

2015

Note: While the rest of this page displays data from 2014, the charts above display data through 2015, from a special release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 71 223 $1.75M
Alabama 43 100 $664K
New York 13 45 $332K
Texas 11 31 $79.5K
Connecticut 26 $100K
Michigan 12 24 $49K
Kansas 20 $147K
North Carolina 19 $62.7K
Florida 17 $142K
Georgia 15 $41.5K
Pennsylvania 15 $140K
New Jersey 13 $49.3K
Missouri 13 $61.7K
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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