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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,153Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 38

$743K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 38

701 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48% Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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 avg 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in New Jersey
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

52% of this provider’s 701 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 44%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 701 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$121 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $166 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.

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.

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A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.


A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.


A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.


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 Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New Jersey
OXYCODONE HCL 763 169 144 S2 1 1
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 387 105 148 2 18
MELOXICAM 369 165 182 3 15
GABAPENTIN 368 133 101 4 4
LYRICA 339 150 103 6 10
TIZANIDINE HCL 336 77 121 7 13
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 320 100 110 R 8 11
FENTANYL 215 80 40 S2 10 8
ENDOCET 215 86 56 S2 10 17
TRAMADOL HCL 189 84 101 12 9
OXYCONTIN 175 23 31 S2 13 3
CELEBREX 156 61 52 15 26
LIDODERM 124 53 47 16 19
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 107 37 19 S2 18 6
METHADONE HCL 94 <11 15 S2 20 12
VOLTAREN 86 46 47 21 22
METHOCARBAMOL 82 49 33 R 22 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 16 19 23 21
OPANA ER 68 <11 22 S2 24 32
NABUMETONE 60 17 22 25 42
CYMBALTA 56 14 13 26 28
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. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • 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 Jan. 8, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.