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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,010Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

$509K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

276 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44% Patients 65 Years and Older

56% 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 Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 121 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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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.

0 of this provider’s 276 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Opioids

83% of this provider’s 276 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 75%.

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Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$102 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $120 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$628K

2014

$547K

2015

$509K

2016

Number of Claims

5,713

2014

5,316

2015

5,010

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
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 582

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

292

prescriptions.

74

patients, 27% of all patients

O 1 5
OXYCODONE HCL 426

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

55

patients, 20% of all patients

O 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 365

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

46

patients, 17% of all patients

O 3 4
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 347

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

37

patients, 13% of all patients

O 4 3
BACLOFEN 326

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

52

patients, 19% of all patients

5 12
OXYCONTIN 307

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

34

patients, 12% of all patients

O 6 7
CLONAZEPAM 259

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

45

patients, 16% of all patients

7 19
FENTANYL 244

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

26

patients, 9% of all patients

O 8 6
GABAPENTIN 243

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

49

patients, 18% of all patients

9 1
TIZANIDINE HCL 196

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

36

patients, 13% of all patients

10 11
METHADONE HCL 188

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

O 11 10
MORPHINE SULFATE 169

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

O 12 36
LYRICA 165

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

28

patients, 10% of all patients

13 8
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

O 14 29
METHOCARBAMOL 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

15 57
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

54

patients, 20% of all patients

16 85
MELOXICAM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

17 13
TRAMADOL HCL 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

O 18 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 19 97
ALPRAZOLAM 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 20 30
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 Aug. 2, 2007.
  • 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.