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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,235Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 11

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 11

625 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

79% of this provider’s 625 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 48%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 625 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 40%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 3,428 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 16%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 Arkansas
OXYCODONE HCL 1,632 395 S2 1 2
FENTANYL 1,265 439 S2 10 2 7
GABAPENTIN 794 258 3 3
CARISOPRODOL 758 123 R 4 4
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 750 187 S2 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 679 333 S3 6 1
MORPHINE SULFATE 641 143 S2 7 13
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 495 82 S2 8 17
BACLOFEN 444 58 9 22
METHADONE HCL 421 85 S2 10 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 383 106 11 9
TIZANIDINE HCL 305 72 12 6
OXYCONTIN 301 90 S2 13 11
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 256 32 R 14 12
PROMETHAZINE HCL 243 31 R 15 19
MELOXICAM 239 46 16 15
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 238 134 S2 17 8
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 233 33 R 18 20
TRAZODONE HCL 207 37 19 23
TRAMADOL HCL 186 87 20 16
CYMBALTA 178 41 21 21
LYRICA 156 0 22 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 153 62 23 31
SERTRALINE HCL 123 42 24 29
METHOCARBAMOL 117 21 R 25 25
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 40 26 36
CELEBREX 93 48 26 36
DOXEPIN HCL 79 0 28 38
OMEPRAZOLE 73 0 29 32
AMITIZA 71 12 30 42
NABUMETONE 68 12 31 44
LIDODERM 68 24 31 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 0 33 34
LUNESTA 65 13 34 46
NEXIUM 52 0 35 47
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 Oct. 12, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.