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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,682Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 177

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 177

850 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48% Patients 65 Years and Older

59% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Texas
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 405 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

3% of this provider’s 850 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

17% of this provider’s 405 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

93% of this provider’s 850 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 85%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $92 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$131K

2012

$542K

2013

$793K

2014

$1.06M

2015

Number of Claims

1,629

2012

5,375

2013

8,355

2014

12,682

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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O

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

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

3,812

prescriptions, 30% of all prescriptions

1,605

prescriptions.

567

patients, 67% of all patients

O 1 1
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,294

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

598

prescriptions.

208

patients, 24% of all patients

O 10 2 4
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

749

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

103

patients, 12% of all patients

O 3 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

688

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

166

patients, 20% of all patients

4 2
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

Treats pain and stiffness of muscle spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

666

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

107

patients, 13% of all patients

R 5 19
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

455

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

O 6 10
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

453

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

73

patients, 9% of all patients

O 7 3
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

404

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

131

patients, 15% of all patients

8 5
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

295

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

O 9 7
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

10 21
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

243

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

196

patients, 23% of all patients

11 41
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

234

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

12 16
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

Treats muscle pain and spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

62

patients, 7% of all patients

R 13 22
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

O 14 14
BUTRANS 149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

O 15 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

R 16 20
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

17 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

R 18 15
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

O 18 6
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

20 23
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

21 11
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

22 31
OPANA ER

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

O 23 27
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

24 39
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

25 45
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

O 26 12
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

27 26
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

R 28 61
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

29 47
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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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 Dec. 20, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.