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LAMAR MOREE M.D.

417 W 3RD AVE PHOEBE PUTNEY MEMORIAL PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER

Albany | Georgia | 31701

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,852Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 47

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 47

1,377 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

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

86 of this provider’s 1,377 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 773 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 13%.

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Opioids

90% of this provider’s 1,377 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 90%.

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Brand Name Drugs

7% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $78 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$922K

2012

$1.11M

2013

$1.37M

2014

$1.43M

2015

Number of Claims

21,509

2012

24,872

2013

26,627

2014

27,852

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

3,255

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,691

prescriptions.

448

patients, 33% of all patients

O 1 1
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

2,874

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

1,373

prescriptions.

431

patients, 31% of all patients

O 10 2 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

2,772

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

1,522

prescriptions.

420

patients, 31% of all patients

3 4
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

2,592

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

998

prescriptions.

373

patients, 27% of all patients

10 4 5
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

2,260

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,055

prescriptions.

284

patients, 21% of all patients

O 5 2
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

1,670

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

810

prescriptions.

203

patients, 15% of all patients

O 6 3
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

1,622

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

541

prescriptions.

185

patients, 13% of all patients

O 10 7 9
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

954

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

350

prescriptions.

161

patients, 12% of all patients

8 11
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

902

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

551

prescriptions.

131

patients, 10% of all patients

O 9 7
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

586

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

94

patients, 7% of all patients

R 10 15
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

461

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

69

patients, 5% of all patients

11 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

456

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

69

patients, 5% of all patients

R 12 18
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

377

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

13 10
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

361

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

56

patients, 4% of all patients

14 19
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

341

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

O 15 21
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

324

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

57

patients, 4% of all patients

16 34
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

301

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

17 38
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

290

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

R 18 12
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

284

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

40

patients, 3% of all patients

19 23
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

282

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

O 20 6
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

267

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

21 40
ETODOLAC

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

248

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

22 45
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

226

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

O 23 13
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

222

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

41

patients, 3% of all patients

24 42
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

221

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

25 30
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

195

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

26 14
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

27 17
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

28 24
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

R 29 27
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

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

30 47
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

31 50
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

32 29
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE

Prochlorperazine suppositor... +

Prochlorperazine suppositories and tablets are used to control severe nausea and vomiting. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

33 53
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

92

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

34 44
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

Ketorolac is used to relieve moderately severe pain, usually after surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

R 35 55
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 36 31
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

81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

37 49
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

38 25
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

39 26
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

40 63
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

41 68
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

41 68
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 R 43 32
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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

44 46
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

<11 45 75
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 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.
  • 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.