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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,849Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 46 providers in this state and specialty

$525K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 46 providers in this state and specialty

623 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older

96% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 539 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

4% of this provider’s 623 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

44% of this provider’s 623 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 66%.

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Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$108 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $92 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$431K

2014

$462K

2015

$525K

2016

Number of Claims

4,306

2014

4,297

2015

4,849

2016

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.

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
VOLTAREN 541

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

491

prescriptions.

122

patients, 20% of all patients

1 21
SULINDAC 492

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

449

prescriptions.

190

patients, 30% of all patients

10 2 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 474

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

131

patients, 21% of all patients

O 3 1
TRAMADOL HCL 263

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

229

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

O 4 7
OXYCODONE HCL 204

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

O 5 3
LYRICA 184

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

55

patients, 9% of all patients

6 12
GABAPENTIN 168

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

7 2
ALPRAZOLAM 156

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

8 17
METHADONE HCL 122

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

O 9 9
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

10 34
CELECOXIB 109

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

11 28
CLONAZEPAM 103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

12 31
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

O 13 27
MELOXICAM 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

14 16
FENTANYL 78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 O 15 6
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 16 73
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

O 17 4
PROLIA 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

17 109
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 March 30, 2012.
  • 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.