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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Interventional Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,823Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 78

$967K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 78

1,006 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
41% Patients 65 Years and Older

75% 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

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

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

18% of this provider’s 408 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

94% of this provider’s 1,006 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 86%.

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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

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$537K

2012

$726K

2013

$909K

2014

$967K

2015

Number of Claims

8,874

2012

12,989

2013

16,459

2014

17,823

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

3,422

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

1,532

prescriptions.

455

patients, 45% of all patients

O 1 1
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

1,706

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

589

prescriptions.

291

patients, 29% of all patients

O 2 2
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

1,504

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

457

prescriptions.

216

patients, 21% of all patients

O 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

1,235

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

346

prescriptions.

228

patients, 23% of all patients

4 6
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,159

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

187

patients, 19% of all patients

5 3
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

638

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

92

patients, 9% of all patients

O 6 5
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

582

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

178

prescriptions.

115

patients, 11% of all patients

7 12
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

537

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

245

patients, 24% of all patients

8 17
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

522

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

81

patients, 8% of all patients

R 9 15
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

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

455

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

64

patients, 6% of all patients

R 10 18
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

425

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

88

patients, 9% of all patients

11 11
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

422

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

101

patients, 10% of all patients

R 12 13
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

365

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

76

patients, 8% of all patients

R 13 22
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

345

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

O 14 9
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

334

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

65

patients, 6% of all patients

O 15 8
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

16 23
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

249

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

O 17 7
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

223

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

53

patients, 5% of all patients

18 10
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

220

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

19 21
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

219

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

O 20 14
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

Treats moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

O 21 24
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

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

22 16
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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

23 35
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

24 25
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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

25 45
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

26 32
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

27 41
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

R 28 27
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

O 29 20
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

30 34
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

O 31 19
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE

Prochlorperazine suppositor... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

32 64
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 33 52
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

R 34 26
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 35 33
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 36 61
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 Jan. 26, 2016.
  • 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.