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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,386Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 161

$447K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 161

802 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
40%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

64% of this provider’s 802 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 51%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 802 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 30%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 3,328 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,586 666 S3 1 1
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 971 308 S2 2 9
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 873 400 S2 3 5
OXYCODONE HCL 699 202 S2 4 3
CARISOPRODOL 433 73 R 5 10
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 431 178 S2 6 4
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 409 88 R 7 17
GABAPENTIN 312 122 8 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 264 96 9 19
BACLOFEN 242 64 10 18
NAPROXEN 198 56 11 27
FENTANYL 181 88 S2 12 8
LYRICA 181 56 12 16
ENDOCET 168 74 S2 14 20
OMEPRAZOLE 165 38 15 39
TIZANIDINE HCL 165 16 15 12
METHADONE HCL 163 64 S2 17 7
LIDODERM 119 65 18 21
CELEBREX 119 44 18 30
MELOXICAM 114 36 20 15
TRAMADOL HCL 102 54 21 6
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 92 16 S2 22 14
OXYCONTIN 83 45 S2 23 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 83 41 23 50
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 24 R 25 34
MORPHINE SULFATE 65 20 S2 26 13
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 Dec. 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.