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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,962Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 47

$960K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 47

934 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
24%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
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this specialty
in Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

81% of this provider’s 934 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 44%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 934 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 30%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

8% of this provider’s 1,610 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $72 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Florida
OXYCODONE HCL 1,762 336 S2 1 5
CARISOPRODOL 844 66 R 2 7
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 787 116 S2 3 3
OXYCONTIN 527 87 S2 4 15
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 465 116 S2 5 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 457 165 S3 6 1
GABAPENTIN 417 83 7 4
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 373 36 S2 8 12
TIZANIDINE HCL 354 57 9 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 313 39 10 19
METHADONE HCL 300 35 S2 11 11
MORPHINE SULFATE 255 21 S2 12 9
FENTANYL 237 23 S2 13 8
PROMETHAZINE HCL 181 27 R 14 46
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 154 16 R 15 13
MELOXICAM 144 15 16 16
LYRICA 124 21 17 18
IBUPROFEN 121 14 18 24
OMEPRAZOLE 96 20 19 42
LIDODERM 95 30 20 22
METHOCARBAMOL 82 11 R 21 21
ALPRAZOLAM 81 11 22 58
CYMBALTA 78 0 23 23
TOPIRAMATE 78 14 23 34
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 73 0 25 99
BACLOFEN 70 0 26 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 68 16 R 27 33
VOLTAREN 68 17 27 38
OPANA ER 63 0 S2 29 25
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 18 S2 30 14
TEMAZEPAM 60 0 31 69
SULINDAC 59 0 32 109
TRAMADOL HCL 53 19 33 6
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.