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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,899Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 21

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 21

393 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
51%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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 Ohio
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 59%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 24%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,113 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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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 Ohio
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 629 270 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 528 259 2 21
LISINOPRIL 503 259 3 24
FUROSEMIDE 467 271 4 27
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 464 285 5 28
GABAPENTIN 396 166 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 376 193 7 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 345 176 8 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 322 174 9 35
METFORMIN HCL 320 160 10 36
OMEPRAZOLE 316 164 11 37
NEXIUM 314 156 12 38
ENDOCET 312 113 S2 13 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 305 101 S2 14 1
TRAMADOL HCL 258 111 15 11
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 251 116 S2 16 6
OXYCODONE HCL 239 50 S2 17 3
CLOPIDOGREL 228 151 18 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 66 19 19
MIRTAZAPINE 195 101 20 40
FENTANYL 188 111 S2 21 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 187 120 22 41
TIZANIDINE HCL 179 40 23 7
FLUOXETINE HCL 178 70 24 42
SERTRALINE HCL 174 96 25 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 77 26 44
CLONIDINE HCL 159 104 27 45
LYRICA 154 40 28 12
OXYCONTIN 154 0 S2 28 10
SUCRALFATE 147 90 30 48
WARFARIN SODIUM 138 88 31 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 90 32 52
PLAVIX 128 78 33 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 124 28 34 55
PROMETHAZINE HCL 123 25 R 35 33
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 123 25 R 35 23
KLOR-CON M20 122 75 37 56
FAMOTIDINE 121 84 38 57
LANTUS 120 55 39 58
AZELASTINE HCL 118 54 40 59
CARVEDILOL 117 50 41 61
ROPINIROLE HCL 105 28 42 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 103 50 43 63
CRESTOR 103 59 43 63
QUINAPRIL HCL 103 46 43 63
MELOXICAM 101 57 46 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 101 23 46 66
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 101 12 R 46 13
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 100 20 S2 49 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 99 56 50 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 91 50 67
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 98 36 52 69
ALLOPURINOL 96 93 53 71
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 36 53 71
RANITIDINE HCL 94 59 55 73
METHOCARBAMOL 91 29 R 56 26
CLARITHROMYCIN 91 43 56 75
ATENOLOL 88 58 58 77
TERAZOSIN HCL 88 87 58 77
PROAIR HFA 88 28 58 77
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 86 64 61 80
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 52 62 81
DIOVAN 79 46 63 82
DIGOXIN 76 49 64 83
ALPRAZOLAM 76 26 64 83
KLOR-CON 10 72 48 66 85
SINGULAIR 66 49 67 87
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 36 68 88
CYMBALTA 65 12 68 22
GLYBURIDE 64 60 R 70 89
GEMFIBROZIL 63 30 71 90
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 43 71 90
ORPHENADRINE CITRATE 62 15 R 73 92
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 21 73 92
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 42 73 92
ACTOS 61 34 76 95
OPANA ER 58 0 S2 77 29
LIPITOR 57 29 78 96
BUSPIRONE HCL 55 20 79 97
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 35 79 97
SUBOXONE 55 0 79 97
IBUPROFEN 55 29 79 25
ABILIFY 53 13 83 100
GLIMEPIRIDE 52 32 84 101
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 40 84 101
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 Dec. 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.