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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,099Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 28

$1.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 28

1,141 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 Kentucky
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

59% of this provider’s 1,141 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 45%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

51% of this provider’s 1,141 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 41%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,831 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Kentucky
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 3,980 1,558 S3 1 1
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,422 653 S2 10 2 3
OXYCONTIN 1,041 540 S2 10 3 11
METHADONE HCL 732 210 S2 4 7
ENDOCET 628 271 S2 5 6
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 620 310 S2 6 8
GABAPENTIN 593 181 7 2
TIZANIDINE HCL 546 163 8 4
MORPHINE SULFATE 437 245 S2 9 22
OXYCODONE HCL 417 139 S2 10 5
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 388 201 S2 11 9
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 378 99 S2 12 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 357 93 R 13 14
FENTANYL 340 142 S2 14 10
LYRICA 336 99 15 15
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 292 43 R 16 19
MELOXICAM 145 42 17 12
CYMBALTA 144 21 18 20
LIDODERM 144 85 18 27
TRAMADOL HCL 132 56 20 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 126 50 21 17
OPANA ER 112 52 S2 22 23
VOLTAREN 108 50 23 33
ROPINIROLE HCL 100 28 24 35
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 92 47 25 39
NABUMETONE 81 0 26 28
DOXEPIN HCL 78 37 27 36
BACLOFEN 68 11 28 16
LIDOCAINE-PRILOCAINE 55 24 29 31
METHOCARBAMOL 54 0 R 30 26
TOPIRAMATE 53 0 31 32
FLECTOR 53 24 31 44
MEXILETINE HCL 52 0 33 45
PENNSAID 50 26 34 48
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 Aug. 15, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.