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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,950Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 35

$1.63M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 35

267 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
52%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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
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this specialty
in New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

64% of this provider’s 267 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 44%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 267 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 1,542 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$413 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $163 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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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 New Jersey
OXYCODONE HCL 402 143 S2 1 1
OXYCONTIN 383 119 S2 2 3
FENTANYL 288 159 S2 3 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 243 142 S3 4 2
METHADONE HCL 162 13 S2 5 13
GABAPENTIN 161 87 6 5
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 130 47 S2 7 8
DEXAMETHASONE 117 54 8 22
LYRICA 113 61 9 12
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 113 34 S2 9 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 67 S2 9 7
ENDOCET 102 29 S2 12 9
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 89 33 S2 13 16
LIDODERM 76 25 14 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 21 R 15 11
FENTORA 64 0 S2 10 16 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 18 17 20
MORPHINE SULFATE 57 37 S2 18 31
CARISOPRODOL 54 13 R 19 14
CYMBALTA 53 38 20 32
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 23 21 17
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 July 11, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.