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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,146Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 38

$1.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 38

565 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
42%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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 North Carolina
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

86% of this provider’s 565 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 61%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 565 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 25%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 3,563 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$137 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $98 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


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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 North Carolina
OXYCODONE HCL 2,410 775 S2 1 2
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 1,083 316 S2 2 3
OXYCONTIN 702 224 S2 3 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 579 332 S3 4 1
FENTANYL 430 203 S2 5 8
GABAPENTIN 413 153 6 4
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 406 96 R 7 11
METHADONE HCL 355 96 S2 8 9
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 350 133 S2 9 15
MORPHINE SULFATE 289 124 S2 10 18
TIZANIDINE HCL 273 69 11 10
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 197 86 S2 12 5
MELOXICAM 192 91 13 17
OPANA ER 184 0 S2 14 13
LEVETIRACETAM 180 71 15 25
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 180 69 R 15 25
CARISOPRODOL 176 33 R 17 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 157 45 18 19
ENDOCET 117 54 S2 19 14
LYRICA 82 30 20 16
VOLTAREN 78 45 21 30
CELEBREX 77 47 22 28
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 68 56 S2 23 6
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 0 R 24 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 63 24 25 33
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 21 26 34
EXALGO 51 14 S2 27 39
OMEPRAZOLE 50 40 28 40
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 May 20, 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.