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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  *

*This description is for related drug Norco

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

73.9K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 740 of 3395

$4.99M
Retail Cost

Rank: 1150 of 3395

49,442
Patients

Rank: 542 of 3395

34,631
Prescribers

Rank: 484 of 3395

More info on related drug Norco »

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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

10.1K

2011

9,056

2012

68.9K

2013

185K

2014

73.9K

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$960K

2011

$875K

2012

$4.49M

2013

$11.9M

2014

$4.99M

2015

Average Patient Cost

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

$124

2011

$76

2012

$28

2013

$18

2014

$20

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
Florida 7,152 9,117 $463K
California 5,101 8,871 $786K
Pennsylvania 3,541 5,287 $371K
New York 3,562 5,220 $374K
Illinois 3,193 5,034 $333K
Ohio 3,086 5,025 $434K
New Jersey 3,342 4,966 $318K
Arizona 2,261 3,077 $189K
Texas 2,198 3,007 $168K
Massachusetts 1,278 2,145 $153K
Connecticut 1,376 1,940 $119K
North Carolina 1,315 1,745 $87.4K
Colorado 1,261 1,745 $104K
Missouri 1,248 1,704 $105K
Michigan 890 1,653 $161K
Virginia 856 1,245 $75.8K
Indiana 761 1,167 $78.5K
Delaware 707 1,165 $72.3K
Minnesota 698 1,002 $68.8K
Wisconsin 616 906 $63.7K
Maryland 572 881 $55.4K
Washington 604 876 $52K
Oregon 482 861 $61K
Georgia 605 717 $31.3K
Louisiana 431 604 $34K
New Hampshire 241 375 $22.6K
South Carolina 248 334 $17.3K
New Mexico 247 329 $18.1K
Kentucky 211 325 $19.2K
Tennessee 221 280 $12.8K
Nevada 179 250 $16.1K
Rhode Island 145 190 $9,396
Iowa 122 168 $8,767
West Virginia 92 157 $12.8K
Idaho 99 152 $12.6K
Hawaii 99 123 $6,757
Maine 71 121 $10.7K
District of Columbia 82 112 $6,841
Vermont 52 89 $6,081
Arkansas 69 87 $4,459
Wyoming 48 87 $6,900
Kansas 68 86 $3,708
Nebraska 69 79 $3,430
Alabama 51 76 $4,286
Mississippi 36 61 $3,320
Alaska 47 59 $3,397
Oklahoma 32 49 $3,108
Utah 33 48 $3,882
South Dakota 29 38 $2,177
Montana 26 27 $1,187
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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