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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Interventional Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,886Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 78

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 78

1,688 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
40% Patients 65 Years and Older

72% 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 Georgia
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

1% of this provider’s 1,688 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 670 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

97% of this provider’s 1,688 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 86%.

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Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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

$2.17M

2012

$2.47M

2013

$2.16M

2014

$1.38M

2015

Number of Claims

23,520

2012

27,517

2013

24,671

2014

21,886

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

3,502

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

1,676

prescriptions.

648

patients, 38% 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

3,222

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

994

prescriptions.

562

patients, 33% of all patients

O 10 2 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

2,121

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

797

prescriptions.

453

patients, 27% of all patients

O 3 2
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

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

1,834

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

553

prescriptions.

380

patients, 23% of all patients

O 4 5
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

1,090

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

337

prescriptions.

308

patients, 18% of all patients

5 3
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

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

903

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

299

prescriptions.

280

patients, 17% of all patients

6 12
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

798

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

199

patients, 12% of all patients

7 6
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

592

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

135

patients, 8% of all patients

O 8 14
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

558

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

141

patients, 8% of all patients

O 9 7
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

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

519

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

176

patients, 10% of all patients

10 17
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

504

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

130

patients, 8% of all patients

O 11 20
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

437

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

111

patients, 7% of all patients

R 12 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

422

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

153

patients, 9% of all patients

R 13 22
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

407

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

99

patients, 6% of all patients

O 14 9
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

399

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

117

patients, 7% of all patients

15 10
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

362

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

110

patients, 7% of all patients

R 16 13
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

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

333

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

81

patients, 5% of all patients

O 17 24
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

244

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

72

patients, 4% of all patients

18 11
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

186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

19 16
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

59

patients, 3% of all patients

20 25
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

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

21 35
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

O 22 19
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

23 37
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

24 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

R 25 27
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

R 26 49
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

102

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

27 32
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

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

101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

38

patients, 2% of all patients

R 28 26
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

29 63
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

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

90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

30 31
OPANA ER

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

35

patients, 2% of all patients

O 30 28
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

33

patients, 2% of all patients

O 32 8
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

R 33 46
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

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

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

34 34
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

35 33
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

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

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

36 38
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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

48

patients, 3% of all patients

37 51
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

38 48
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

39 45
OXYMORPHONE HCL ER 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

O 40 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 Aug. 21, 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.