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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,783Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 453

$828K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 453

868 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96% Patients 65 Years and Older

22% 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 New Jersey
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 836 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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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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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 836 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 868 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

59% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 62%.

Prescription Price

$122 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $133 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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

$397K

2012

$552K

2013

$759K

2014

$828K

2015

Number of Claims

4,544

2012

5,619

2013

6,494

2014

6,783

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
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL

The combination of dorzolam... +

The combination of dorzolamide and timolol is used to treat eye conditions, including glaucoma and ocular hypertension, in which increased pressure can lead to a gradual loss of vision. Source: National Library of Medicine

772

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

742

prescriptions.

222

patients, 26% of all patients

1 6
LATANOPROST

Latanoprost ophthalmic is u... +

Latanoprost ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension (a condition which causes increased pressure in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

705

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

686

prescriptions.

170

patients, 20% of all patients

2 1
TIMOLOL MALEATE

Ophthalmic timolol is used ... +

Ophthalmic timolol is used to treat glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision. Source: National Library of Medicine

669

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

625

prescriptions.

207

patients, 24% of all patients

3 3
COMBIGAN

Treats increased pressure i... +

Treats increased pressure in the eye that is caused by glaucoma or a condition called ocular (eye) hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

502

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

497

prescriptions.

124

patients, 14% of all patients

4 7
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE

Ophthalmic prednisolone red... +

Ophthalmic prednisolone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye inflammation caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

441

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

420

prescriptions.

178

patients, 21% of all patients

5 4
ACETAZOLAMIDE

Treats glaucoma, certain ty... +

Treats glaucoma, certain types of epilepsy, mountain sickness, and other conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

435

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

105

patients, 12% of all patients

10 6 32
LUMIGAN

The eyedrop reduces pressur... +

The eyedrop reduces pressure inside the eye that is caused by glaucoma or ocular (eye) hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

416

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

109

patients, 13% of all patients

7 2
TRAVATAN Z

Reduces pressure inside the... +

Reduces pressure inside the eye that is caused by glaucoma or ocular hypertension (high blood pressure in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

369

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

357

prescriptions.

108

patients, 12% of all patients

8 5
PILOCARPINE HCL

Pilocarpine is used to trea... +

Pilocarpine is used to treat dry mouth caused by radiotherapy in people with head and neck cancer and to treat dry mouth in people with Sjogren's syndrome (a condition that affects the immune system and causes dryness of certain parts of the body such as the eyes and mouth). Source: National Library of Medicine

356

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

126

patients, 15% of all patients

10 9 30
ALPHAGAN P

Treats increased pressure i... +

Treats increased pressure in the eye caused by open-angle glaucoma or a condition called hypertension of the eye (ocular hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

338

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

333

prescriptions.

80

patients, 9% of all patients

10 10
AZOPT

Treats increased pressure i... +

Treats increased pressure in the eye that is caused by glaucoma or a condition called ocular hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

294

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

93

patients, 11% of all patients

11 21
METHAZOLAMIDE 186

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

186

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

10 12 40
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

Used to treat eye swelling and pain after eye surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

178

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

13 9
DORZOLAMIDE HCL

Ophthalmic dorzolamide is u... +

Ophthalmic dorzolamide is used to treat glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

60

patients, 7% of all patients

14 20
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE

Ophthalmic brimonidine is u... +

Ophthalmic brimonidine is used to lower pressure in the eyes in patients who have glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes that may damage nerves and cause vision loss) and ocular hypertension (pressure in the eyes that is higher than normal but not high enough to cause vision loss). Source: National Library of Medicine

125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

15 18
SIMBRINZA 106

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

16 27
ILEVRO

Used to treat eye pain, red... +

Used to treat eye pain, redness, and swelling in patients who are recovering from cataract surgery (procedure to treat clouding of the lens in the eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

46

patients, 5% of all patients

17 11
COSOPT PF 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

18 45
RESTASIS

Treats chronic dry eye dise... +

Treats chronic dry eye disease by increasing the amount of tears in your eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

19 8
PRED FORTE 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

20 63
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 April 21, 2016.
  • 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.