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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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6,592Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

1,400 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35% Patients 65 Years and Older

69% 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 494 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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

75% of this provider’s 1,400 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 75%.

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Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$156 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $120 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

5 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

$680K

2014

$1.11M

2015

$1.03M

2016

Number of Claims

4,276

2014

6,476

2015

6,592

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
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 1,396

prescriptions, 21% of all prescriptions

444

prescriptions.

483

patients, 35% of all patients

O 1 3
GABAPENTIN 1,146

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

378

prescriptions.

459

patients, 33% of all patients

2 1
FENTANYL 535

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

198

patients, 14% of all patients

O 3 6
OXYCONTIN 395

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

156

patients, 11% of all patients

O 4 7
MELOXICAM 367

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

168

patients, 12% of all patients

5 13
LYRICA 364

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

138

patients, 10% of all patients

6 8
OPANA ER 325

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

98

patients, 7% of all patients

O 7 21
CELECOXIB 244

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

104

patients, 7% of all patients

8 18
ETODOLAC 226

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

98

patients, 7% of all patients

9 33
TOPIRAMATE 212

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

100

patients, 7% of all patients

10 28
DULOXETINE HCL 201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

77

patients, 6% of all patients

11 14
DESIPRAMINE HCL 154

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

68

patients, 5% of all patients

10 12 41
BUTRANS 136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

59

patients, 4% of all patients

O 13 39
LIDOCAINE 132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

70

patients, 5% of all patients

14 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

71

patients, 5% of all patients

O 15 4
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

16 56
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 May 1, 2013.
  • 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.