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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,425Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 11

$730K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 11

852 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
23%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

51% of this provider’s 852 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 48%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

55% of this provider’s 852 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 40%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 2,174 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 Arkansas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 3,078 709 S3 1 1
GABAPENTIN 1,003 212 2 3
CARISOPRODOL 995 56 R 3 4
OXYCODONE HCL 888 134 S2 4 2
TIZANIDINE HCL 861 122 5 6
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 736 127 S2 6 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 447 70 7 9
ENDOCET 393 78 S2 8 18
OXYCONTIN 384 39 S2 9 11
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 312 67 S2 10 5
FENTANYL 277 94 S2 11 7
METHADONE HCL 271 11 S2 12 10
MELOXICAM 246 25 13 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 232 0 R 14 12
MORPHINE SULFATE 201 56 S2 15 13
TRAMADOL HCL 200 59 16 16
PROMETHAZINE HCL 188 15 R 17 19
LYRICA 142 11 18 14
LIDOCAINE 124 23 19 33
METHOCARBAMOL 117 0 R 20 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 109 0 R 21 20
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 25 S2 21 27
BACLOFEN 91 11 23 22
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 87 0 S2 24 17
SERTRALINE HCL 79 0 25 29
TRAZODONE HCL 77 0 26 23
ZALEPLON 72 0 27 40
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 36 28 43
LIDODERM 70 21 28 30
VOLTAREN 62 0 30 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 12 31 34
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 Oct. 5, 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.