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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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20,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 34

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 34

1,798 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
43% Patients 65 Years and Older

66% 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 Louisiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

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

21 of this provider’s 1,798 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 776 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

96% of this provider’s 1,798 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 78%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 10%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$793K

2012

$762K

2013

$985K

2014

$1.36M

2015

Number of Claims

11,911

2012

12,378

2013

14,399

2014

20,213

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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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

4,008

prescriptions, 20% of all prescriptions

1,686

prescriptions.

855

patients, 48% of all patients

O 1 1
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

2,356

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

861

prescriptions.

374

patients, 21% of all patients

O 2 5
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

2,340

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

873

prescriptions.

437

patients, 24% of all patients

O 10 3 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

1,581

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

689

prescriptions.

396

patients, 22% of all patients

O 4 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,144

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

420

prescriptions.

264

patients, 15% of all patients

5 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

664

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

158

patients, 9% of all patients

6 7
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

642

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

152

patients, 8% of all patients

O 7 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

589

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

169

patients, 9% of all patients

R 8 9
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

507

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

108

patients, 6% of all patients

9 20
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

463

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

149

patients, 8% of all patients

10 11
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

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

455

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

110

patients, 6% of all patients

O 11 24
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

447

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

110

patients, 6% of all patients

R 12 13
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

352

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

99

patients, 6% of all patients

13 18
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

312

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

72

patients, 4% of all patients

14 10
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

307

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

77

patients, 4% of all patients

O 15 12
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

304

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

55

patients, 3% of all patients

16 19
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

299

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

64

patients, 4% of all patients

17 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

273

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

53

patients, 3% of all patients

R 18 29
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

273

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

126

patients, 7% of all patients

O 18 6
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

214

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

50

patients, 3% of all patients

R 20 17
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

98

patients, 5% of all patients

21 30
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

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

160

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

39

patients, 2% of all patients

R 22 28
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

O 23 27
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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

O 24 21
OXYMORPHONE HCL ER 125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

O 25 31
OPANA ER

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

40

patients, 2% of all patients

O 26 25
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

27 14
OXYCODONE HCL ER 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

O 10 28 45
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

29 52
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

30 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

R 31 22
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

32 36
OXYMORPHONE HCL 68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

O 32 47
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

34 43
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

35 44
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. 10, 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.
  • 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.