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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,497Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 21

$764K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 21

653 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
30%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

71% of this provider’s 653 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 48%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

50% of this provider’s 653 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 42%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

8% of this provider’s 3,586 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 Alabama
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,268 700 S3 1 1
GABAPENTIN 1,442 343 2 2
FENTANYL 1,051 387 S2 10 3 6
ENDOCET 829 256 S2 4 9
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 779 181 S2 5 5
MELOXICAM 739 156 6 11
METHADONE HCL 738 159 S2 7 3
TIZANIDINE HCL 568 127 8 4
CARISOPRODOL 535 81 R 9 16
LYRICA 493 114 10 7
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 396 54 R 11 12
METHOCARBAMOL 317 57 R 12 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 309 103 13 17
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 302 55 S2 14 24
BACLOFEN 292 23 15 13
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 281 106 S2 16 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 269 89 S2 17 18
NAPROXEN 224 28 18 31
CELEBREX 193 43 19 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 189 34 R 20 26
PROMETHAZINE HCL 187 56 R 21 20
OXYCONTIN 172 24 S2 22 10
CYMBALTA 153 33 23 23
TRAMADOL HCL 144 32 24 22
LAMOTRIGINE 134 11 25 35
OXYCODONE HCL 129 26 S2 26 8
VOLTAREN 121 50 27 38
ROPINIROLE HCL 110 42 28 30
SAVELLA 84 0 29 27
OPANA ER 71 0 S2 30 25
TOPIRAMATE 62 0 31 33
LIDODERM 59 0 32 49
MORPHINE SULFATE 58 25 S2 33 21
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 Nov. 23, 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.