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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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6,160Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

$993K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 29 providers in this state and specialty

1,311 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
36% 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 Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 468 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

76% of this provider’s 1,311 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

$161 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

$648K

2014

$1.16M

2015

$993K

2016

Number of Claims

3,772

2014

6,490

2015

6,160

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 1,398

prescriptions, 23% of all prescriptions

406

prescriptions.

478

patients, 36% of all patients

O 1 3
GABAPENTIN 1,061

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

330

prescriptions.

432

patients, 33% of all patients

2 1
FENTANYL 607

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

197

patients, 15% of all patients

O 3 6
LYRICA 364

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

140

patients, 11% of all patients

4 8
OXYCONTIN 363

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

144

patients, 11% of all patients

O 5 7
MELOXICAM 270

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

120

patients, 9% of all patients

6 13
OPANA ER 251

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

86

patients, 7% of all patients

O 7 21
CELECOXIB 218

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

85

patients, 6% of all patients

8 18
DULOXETINE HCL 201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

75

patients, 6% of all patients

9 14
ETODOLAC 186

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

87

patients, 7% of all patients

10 33
TOPIRAMATE 152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

83

patients, 6% of all patients

11 28
DESIPRAMINE HCL 130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

61

patients, 5% of all patients

10 12 41
LIDOCAINE 108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

13 31
BUTRANS 104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

O 14 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

O 15 4
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 25

patients, 2% of all patients

16 56
IBUPROFEN 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

17 57
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 17, 2018.
  • 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.