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METHADOSE

METHADONE HCL

Methadose (Methadone) is an opioid medicine (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Because withdrawal from Methadose (Methadone) is slower, takes longer, and is less severe than other opioids, it's used under the care of a doctor to treat opioid addiction. Source: Iodine  *

*This description is for related drug Methadone

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

985
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 2141 of 3395

$26.5K
Retail Cost

Rank: 2739 of 3395

190
Patients

Rank: 2344 of 3395

255
Prescribers

Rank: 2194 of 3395

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This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

3,075

2011

1,992

2012

1,457

2013

928

2014

985

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$64.6K

2011

$56.3K

2012

$31.8K

2013

$29.2K

2014

$26.5K

2015

Average Patient Cost

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

$21

2011

$21

2012

$41

2013

$43

2014

$83

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
Massachusetts 40 156 $1,911
California 34 124 $2,732
Washington 22 115 $1,969
Alabama 95 $1,593
Oregon 18 85 $1,846
Illinois 70 $1,317
Pennsylvania 46 $1,858
Utah 39 $574
Minnesota 15 32 $576
New York 30 $1,970
North Carolina 24 $352
South Carolina 24 $574
Georgia 16 $59
Kentucky 16 $1,190
Virginia 14 $5,198
Nevada 14 $564
Kansas 11 $181
Michigan 11 $309
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 »

Incorrect Info?

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