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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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12,843Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 31

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 31

616 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
28% Patients 65 Years and Older

67% 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 Indiana
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 172 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

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

15 of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

97% of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 69%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$104 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $80 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$503K

2012

$517K

2013

$691K

2014

$1.34M

2015

Number of Claims

4,855

2012

5,455

2013

7,835

2014

12,843

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

2,189

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

879

prescriptions.

240

patients, 39% 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

2,068

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

228

patients, 37% of all patients

O 2 6
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

1,352

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

332

prescriptions.

162

patients, 26% of all patients

O 3 2
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

1,122

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

119

patients, 19% of all patients

O 4 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

957

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

103

patients, 17% of all patients

O 5 8
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

740

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

131

patients, 21% of all patients

6 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

456

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

77

patients, 13% of all patients

7 3
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

453

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

47

patients, 8% of all patients

O 8 4
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

298

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

O 9 13
ZONISAMIDE

Treats partial seizures in ... +

Treats partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

292

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

10 21
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

41

patients, 7% of all patients

11 19
OPANA ER

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

O 12 26
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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

R 13 12
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

14 16
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 15 14
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

127

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

16 18
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

17 20
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 18 17
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

18 15
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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

R 20 27
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

O 21 36
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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

21 10
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

23 23
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

O 24 9
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

25 42
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

R 26 31
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

27 49
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

11

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

28 54
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 Sept. 2, 2015.
  • 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.