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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,120Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 31

$1.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 31

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49% Patients 65 Years and Older

60% 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
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in Ohio
lower than average

Antipsychotics

11% of this provider’s 300 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

98 of this provider’s 300 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

86% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 75%.

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Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$86 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $82 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.11M

2012

$1.22M

2013

$1.37M

2014

$1.56M

2015

Number of Claims

12,735

2012

13,187

2013

14,285

2014

18,120

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

2,789

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

1,314

prescriptions.

324

patients, 53% of all patients

O 10 1 1
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,528

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

716

prescriptions.

255

patients, 42% of all patients

2 2
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,300

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

651

prescriptions.

222

patients, 36% of all patients

3 12
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

979

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

211

patients, 34% of all patients

R 10 4 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

913

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

563

prescriptions.

140

patients, 23% of all patients

O 5 3
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

903

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

462

prescriptions.

166

patients, 27% of all patients

10 6 7
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

763

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

408

prescriptions.

151

patients, 25% of all patients

7 14
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

632

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

78

patients, 13% of all patients

O 8 6
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

514

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

73

patients, 12% of all patients

O 9 8
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

422

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

99

patients, 16% of all patients

10 26
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

419

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

69

patients, 11% of all patients

11 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

383

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

75

patients, 12% of all patients

R 12 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

361

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

78

patients, 13% of all patients

P 13 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

331

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

99

patients, 16% of all patients

14 39
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

323

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

59

patients, 10% of all patients

15 18
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

Nortriptyline is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

83

patients, 14% of all patients

16 45
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

81

patients, 13% of all patients

17 20
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

246

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

O 18 4
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

238

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

19 22
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

215

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

20 37
LINZESS

Used in adults to treat irr... +

Used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C; a condition that causes stomach pain or cramps, bloating, and infrequent or difficult passage of stools) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC; difficult or infrequent passage of stools that lasts for 3 months or longer and is not caused by a disease or a medication). Source: National Library of Medicine

192

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

45

patients, 7% of all patients

21 62
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

Venlafaxine is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

22 63
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

23 43
BUTRANS 166

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

O 24 48
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

25 68
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

26 55
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

Treats muscle pain and spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

R 27 24
OPANA ER

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

O 28 32
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

29 69
BUPROPION XL

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

30 70
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

31 33
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

32 29
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

Treats schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

P 33 73
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

34 44
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

O 35 10
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 O 36 11
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

37 67
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

R 38 83
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

39 53
PRISTIQ ER

Used to treat depression. D... +

Used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

40 90
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

O 41 9
ESZOPICLONE

Eszopiclone is used to trea... +

Eszopiclone is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

R 42 91
NUCYNTA 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

O 43 72
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

Treats moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

O 43 46
OXYMORPHONE HCL ER 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 45 34
GRALISE 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 46 97
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

47 56
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

48 16
SAVELLA 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 49 108
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

R 49 13
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 »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 14, 2016.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.