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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,763Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 82

$514K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 82

415 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
36% Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

77% of this provider’s 415 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 47%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 415 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Brand Name Drugs*

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$137 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $93 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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 Pennsylvania
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 433 86 118 S2 1 4
OXYCODONE HCL 387 104 129 S2 2 3
GABAPENTIN 232 80 78 3 1
OXYCONTIN 197 66 49 S2 4 8
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 159 28 51 S2 5 10
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 157 59 50 S2 6 5
TIZANIDINE HCL 123 14 37 7 15
FENTANYL 113 21 38 S2 8 6
BACLOFEN 98 13 39 9 11
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 95 29 43 S2 10 22
METHADONE HCL 91 28 19 S2 11 7
LYRICA 89 22 25 12 12
CARISOPRODOL 89 29 19 R 12 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 20 30 14 26
TOPIRAMATE 80 14 19 14 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 49 34 S3 16 2
NAPROXEN 76 23 17 16 42
OPANA ER 72 15 29 S2 18 16
TRAMADOL HCL 68 57 41 19 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 <11 36 R 20 14
MORPHINE SULFATE 64 <11 23 S2 21 13
IBUPROFEN 59 16 24 22 31
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 May 23, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.