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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Interventional Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,695Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 40

$780K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 40

1,624 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
28% Patients 65 Years and Older

73% 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 Kentucky
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 447 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

6% of this provider’s 447 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 9%.

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Opioids

93% of this provider’s 1,624 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 83%.

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Brand Name Drugs

10% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 9%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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

$443K

2012

$652K

2013

$703K

2014

$780K

2015

Number of Claims

6,352

2012

9,892

2013

10,432

2014

12,695

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-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

1,625

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

502

prescriptions.

507

patients, 31% of all patients

O 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

1,602

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

509

prescriptions.

500

patients, 31% of all patients

O 2 1
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,536

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

433

patients, 27% of all patients

3 3
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

1,319

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

396

patients, 24% of all patients

O 4 4
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

1,212

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

363

patients, 22% of all patients

O 5 6
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

697

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

179

patients, 11% of all patients

O 6 7
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

609

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

181

patients, 11% of all patients

7 5
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

516

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

159

patients, 10% of all patients

O 8 8
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

292

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

95

patients, 6% of all patients

R 9 9
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

82

patients, 5% of all patients

O 10 13
OXYMORPHONE HCL ER 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

75

patients, 5% of all patients

O 11 28
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

74

patients, 5% of all patients

12 14
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

65

patients, 4% of all patients

12 15
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

172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

64

patients, 4% of all patients

14 10
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

49

patients, 3% of all patients

15 21
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

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

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

64

patients, 4% of all patients

O 16 23
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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

17 18
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

55

patients, 3% of all patients

18 24
OPANA ER

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

43

patients, 3% of all patients

O 18 33
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

20 30
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

R 21 29
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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

R 22 20
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

23 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

R 24 25
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

25 32
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

O 26 12
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

R 27 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

28 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 July 28, 2016.
  • 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.