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We calculated the number of prescribers and number of prescriptions for opioid and buprenorphine by specialty and year.
Across most specialties we identified a contraction in the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed and opioid prescribers and an expansion in the number of buprenorphine prescriptions dispensed. Among high-volume opioid prescribing specialties, the largest decrease in opioid prescribers was 32% among Pain Medicine clinicians. By 2021, Advanced Practice Practitioners overtook Primary Care clinicians as the highest volume buprenorphine prescribers.
Data from the IQVIA Longitudinal Prescription database for January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2021.