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HYDROCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN

Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) is a combination pain medicine. Hydrocodone is an opioid (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever and fever reducer. Source: Iodine

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

15.7K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1162 of 3395

$5.61M
Retail Cost

Rank: 1112 of 3395

3,754
Patients

Rank: 1224 of 3395

4,436
Prescribers

Rank: 1076 of 3395

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67%

of people say

it's worth it

44%

of people say

it worked well

13%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

9,049

2011

10.2K

2012

11.9K

2013

19.7K

2014

15.7K

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$2.12M

2011

$2.56M

2012

$3.26M

2013

$5.54M

2014

$5.61M

2015

Average Patient Cost

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

$218

2011

$206

2012

$222

2013

$229

2014

$272

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 834 3,361 $1.32M
Texas 524 2,010 $843K
Alabama 285 1,125 $337K
Illinois 202 781 $310K
Michigan 173 753 $265K
Florida 147 584 $198K
New York 144 580 $233K
Kentucky 108 547 $171K
Louisiana 123 482 $137K
Tennessee 106 467 $149K
Georgia 115 465 $139K
South Carolina 76 326 $91.8K
North Carolina 71 322 $113K
Pennsylvania 80 322 $133K
Indiana 82 321 $93.6K
Ohio 92 303 $96K
Arizona 66 268 $97.3K
Oklahoma 55 244 $83.8K
New Jersey 49 236 $79.9K
Virginia 52 220 $77K
Colorado 41 173 $56.4K
Washington 35 169 $69.7K
Mississippi 37 158 $51.6K
Oregon 43 149 $46K
West Virginia 24 146 $38.6K
Wisconsin 32 142 $30.4K
Utah 21 135 $50.1K
Nevada 27 119 $47K
Connecticut 23 118 $33K
Montana 13 99 $34.3K
Kansas 19 74 $20.9K
Maryland 17 57 $18.5K
Missouri 25 56 $16.7K
Minnesota 11 54 $18.7K
Arkansas 16 51 $15.3K
Nebraska 42 $15K
Idaho 19 42 $7,658
Maine 29 $13K
Hawaii 28 $14.2K
Rhode Island 27 $7,922
Iowa 26 $5,666
New Hampshire 23 $5,082
Alaska 20 $6,783
North Dakota 16 $4,803
Massachusetts 11 16 $4,910
New Mexico 12 14 $2,629
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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