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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,175Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 12

$2.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 12

1,252 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
18%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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 Alabama
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

82% of this provider’s 1,252 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 38%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

54% of this provider’s 1,252 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 50%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

11% of this provider’s 4,365 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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 Alabama
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 5,947 1,304 S3 10 1 1
OXYCODONE HCL 5,866 730 S2 10 2 3
CARISOPRODOL 3,916 258 R 10 3 2
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 2,260 338 S2 10 4 4
METHADONE HCL 2,257 262 S2 10 5 6
GABAPENTIN 1,296 148 6 5
ENDOCET 919 140 S2 10 7 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 749 125 8 7
OXYCONTIN 692 82 S2 9 9
PROMETHAZINE HCL 664 76 R 10 10 12
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 652 47 S2 11 20
FENTANYL 622 92 S2 12 17
TIZANIDINE HCL 598 71 13 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 539 83 R 14 14
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 534 126 S2 15 11
MORPHINE SULFATE 436 111 S2 16 16
LYRICA 390 30 17 13
MELOXICAM 369 29 18 8
TRAZODONE HCL 313 65 19 23
ALPRAZOLAM 215 20 20 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 205 29 R 21 25
CYMBALTA 166 0 22 21
SERTRALINE HCL 81 0 23 34
METHOCARBAMOL 81 26 R 23 18
TRAMADOL HCL 72 15 25 24
BACLOFEN 71 0 26 33
CELEBREX 65 0 27 26
TOPIRAMATE 55 11 28 48
NAPROXEN 53 0 29 37
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 0 30 39
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 Feb. 24, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.