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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,962Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 16

$623K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 16

668 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
38%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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 Oklahoma
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

64% of this provider’s 668 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 49%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

41% of this provider’s 668 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 37%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 2,796 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 Oklahoma
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,104 833 S3 1 1
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 740 239 S2 2 2
GABAPENTIN 582 210 3 3
FENTANYL 499 225 S2 4 5
BACLOFEN 458 76 5 8
METHADONE HCL 436 108 S2 6 6
MORPHINE SULFATE 404 108 S2 7 4
CARISOPRODOL 320 51 R 8 15
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 303 78 S2 9 10
OXYCODONE HCL 287 88 S2 10 7
TRAMADOL HCL 250 95 11 11
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 246 56 R 12 14
OXYCONTIN 237 86 S2 13 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 22 14 19
TIZANIDINE HCL 180 42 15 9
LYRICA 158 24 16 12
MELOXICAM 143 16 17 16
ENDOCET 106 50 S2 18 18
CYMBALTA 99 39 19 17
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 74 36 S2 20 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 26 21 33
CELEBREX 61 12 22 26
NAPROXEN 61 14 22 27
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 19 S2 24 21
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 0 R 25 25
METHOCARBAMOL 54 0 R 25 23
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 Feb. 12, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.