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FENTANYL CITRATE

Duragesic (Fentanyl) is an opioid (narcotic) medicine that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Source: Iodine  *

*This description is for related drug Fentanyl

Important Information About This Drug

Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

As many as one quarter of those receiving these drugs over a long period of time in a primary care setting struggle with addiction.

Read more about the appropriate use of these drugs and speak to your doctor about their risks.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

At a Glance: This Drug in 2015

2,731
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1790 of 3395

$25.7M
Retail Cost

Rank: 627 of 3395

420
Patients

Rank: 2049 of 3395

392
Prescribers

Rank: 2035 of 3395

More info on related drug Fentanyl »

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it worked well

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it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

4,463

2011

4,089

2012

3,879

2013

3,454

2014

2,731

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$21.9M

2011

$22.9M

2012

$27.1M

2013

$27M

2014

$25.7M

2015

Average Patient Cost

Average amount that patients without a low-income subsidy paid each year.

$1,172

2011

$1,201

2012

$1,100

2013

$1,117

2014

$1,605

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 63 400 $3.77M
Florida 85 397 $3.56M
New York 34 256 $2.07M
New Jersey 30 236 $2.47M
Texas 29 218 $3.11M
Maryland 15 144 $614K
Ohio 14 108 $979K
Massachusetts 11 104 $1.04M
Tennessee 22 99 $528K
North Carolina 13 78 $654K
Missouri 62 $1.38M
Pennsylvania 62 $831K
Illinois 58 $600K
Washington 53 $594K
Indiana 47 $411K
Wisconsin 37 $252K
Colorado 35 $422K
Kansas 32 $349K
Michigan 31 $245K
Utah 30 $217K
Oklahoma 30 $76.7K
Virginia 28 $141K
New Hampshire 24 $278K
Georgia 24 $136K
Arizona 20 $232K
Arkansas 15 $142K
Iowa 14 $71.8K
Alabama 13 $76.4K
South Carolina 13 $17.3K
Kentucky 12 $131K
Nebraska 12 $54.2K
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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