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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,987Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 16

$1.29M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 16

362 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
36%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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 New Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

85% of this provider’s 362 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 50%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 362 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 1,651 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$260 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $158 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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 447 144 S2 1 1
OXYCONTIN 430 165 S2 2 3
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 309 77 S2 3 10
METHADONE HCL 287 71 S2 4 13
FENTANYL 259 97 S2 5 5
GABAPENTIN 195 123 6 2
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 53 S2 7 6
ENDOCET 142 24 S2 8 7
LYRICA 140 40 9 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 125 57 10 23
MORPHINE SULFATE 125 29 S2 10 20
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 123 0 S2 12 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 108 36 S3 13 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 100 47 S2 14 9
TRAMADOL HCL 97 47 15 8
TIZANIDINE HCL 85 0 16 12
CYMBALTA 80 32 17 19
CARISOPRODOL 78 0 R 18 22
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 72 39 19 26
OPANA ER 63 23 S2 20 27
LIDODERM 60 28 21 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 11 R 22 14
CELEBREX 51 25 23 32
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 April 4, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.