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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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1,400Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills
$130K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions
165 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50% Patients 65 Years and Older

57% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income 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

$53.1K

2012

$52.3K

2013

$93.8K

2014

$130K

2015

Number of Claims

439

2012

586

2013

1,098

2014

1,400

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. 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.

Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

146

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

34

patients, 21% of all patients

OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

137

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

38

patients, 23% of all patients

O
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

96

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

22

patients, 13% of all patients

O
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

90

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 10% of all patients

HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

89

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

O
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

83

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

33

patients, 20% of all patients

OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

75

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

16

patients, 10% of all patients

O
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

73

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

16

patients, 10% of all patients

R
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

67

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

20

patients, 12% of all patients

O
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

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

66

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

34

patients, 21% of all patients

TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

53

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

18

patients, 11% of all patients

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 April 13, 2012.
  • 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.