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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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12,812Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 34

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 34

815 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
46% Patients 65 Years and Older

44% 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 Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 374 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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

43 of this provider’s 374 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

92% of this provider’s 815 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 78%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 11%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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

$738K

2012

$867K

2013

$1.07M

2014

$1.03M

2015

Number of Claims

10,506

2012

11,962

2013

12,834

2014

12,812

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
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

2,285

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

816

prescriptions.

263

patients, 32% of all patients

O 1 3
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

1,507

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

599

prescriptions.

218

patients, 27% of all patients

O 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

1,291

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

639

prescriptions.

192

patients, 24% of all patients

O 3 1
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

927

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

386

prescriptions.

107

patients, 13% of all patients

O 4 9
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

734

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

331

prescriptions.

90

patients, 11% of all patients

O 5 7
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

596

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

97

patients, 12% of all patients

O 6 14
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

545

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

59

patients, 7% of all patients

O 7 11
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

540

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

65

patients, 8% of all patients

O 8 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

502

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

234

prescriptions.

157

patients, 19% of all patients

9 4
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

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

364

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

55

patients, 7% of all patients

O 10 17
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

333

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

89

patients, 11% of all patients

11 6
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

220

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

R 12 16
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

212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

13 12
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

O 14 8
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

54

patients, 7% of all patients

15 10
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

16 13
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

17 18
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

18 29
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

19 21
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

Treats moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

O 20 24
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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

R 21 15
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

R 22 28
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

R 23 25
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

24 20
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 25 41
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

26 26
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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

45

patients, 6% of all patients

27 43
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

28 45
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

29 26
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 29 46
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

29 23
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 Jan. 28, 2013.
  • 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.