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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,636Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 1183

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1183

1,209 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in New York
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,384 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

85% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 63%.

Prescription Price

$112 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $88 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in New York
PATADAY 1,166 1,129 1 13
TRAVATAN Z 1,064 1,057 2 4
LATANOPROST 969 952 3 1
LUMIGAN 811 790 4 2
NEVANAC 740 729 5 14
PATANOL 635 624 6 20
AZASITE 629 623 10 7 31
VIGAMOX 573 557 8 10
RESTASIS 558 555 9 9
AZOPT 548 544 10 15
ALPHAGAN P 502 500 11 8
BROMDAY 454 448 12 18
TIMOLOL MALEATE 417 394 13 5
COMBIGAN 399 384 14 7
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 348 343 15 6
DUREZOL 292 288 16 16
LASTACAFT 287 284 10 17 48
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 254 238 18 12
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 225 219 R 19 11
TOBRADEX 177 172 20 40
BEPREVE 162 162 21 38
DORZOLAMIDE HCL 130 125 22 19
ISTALOL 115 115 23 41
ERYTHROMYCIN 103 101 24 24
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 102 100 25 3
ALREX 96 95 26 36
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 91 90 27 22
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 85 74 28 25
BETIMOL 79 79 29 70
BACITRACIN 60 60 30 39
AZELASTINE HCL 54 54 31 32
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 July 8, 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.