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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,841Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 16

$909K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 16

726 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
33% Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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 Indiana
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

66% of this provider’s 726 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 37%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 726 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 39%.

Brand Name Drugs*

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$133 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $91 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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S2

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

S3

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

A

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.

B

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.

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 Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Indiana
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,018 342 230 S3 1 1
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 676 106 143 S2 2 2
FENTANYL 598 178 131 S2 3 8
METHADONE HCL 508 89 97 S2 4 6
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 407 94 90 S2 5 4
OXYCODONE HCL 345 52 63 S2 6 5
GABAPENTIN 330 107 97 7 3
LYRICA 294 87 63 8 9
TIZANIDINE HCL 226 71 56 9 10
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 200 67 38 S2 10 15
CYMBALTA 187 50 47 11 18
TRAMADOL HCL 180 56 54 12 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 163 <11 20 13 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 40 30 S2 14 11
OPANA ER 110 <11 26 S2 15 17
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 102 14 35 R 16 12
OXYCONTIN 90 32 20 S2 17 13
MORPHINE SULFATE 85 13 21 S2 18 25
MELOXICAM 74 <11 16 19 21
TOPIRAMATE 66 11 20 20 38
OXYMORPHONE HCL 53 <11 <11 S2 21 24
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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Caveats
  • 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. 3, 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.