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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,229Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 1774

$2.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 1774

1,256 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99% Patients 65 Years and Older

93% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,239 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 1,239 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 1,256 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

69% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$207 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $100 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$2.44M

2012

$2.4M

2013

$2.49M

2014

$2.53M

2015

Number of Claims

15,786

2012

14,028

2013

13,512

2014

12,229

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
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

2,309

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

2,282

prescriptions.

758

patients, 60% of all patients

10 1 6
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 1,895

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

1,883

prescriptions.

731

patients, 58% of all patients

10 2 24
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

661

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

656

prescriptions.

250

patients, 20% of all patients

3 9
BESIVANCE

Treats bacterial conjunctiv... +

Treats bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye). Source: National Library of Medicine

614

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

592

prescriptions.

261

patients, 21% of all patients

4 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

573

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

568

prescriptions.

265

patients, 21% of all patients

A 5 22
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

Reduces both internal and external inflammation of the eye. Source: National Library of Medicine

549

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

535

prescriptions.

308

patients, 25% of all patients

6 23
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

464

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

450

prescriptions.

99

patients, 8% of all patients

7 11
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

Treats eye infections that are caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

458

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

201

patients, 16% of all patients

8 14
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

415

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

65

patients, 5% of all patients

9 4
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

326

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

143

patients, 11% of all patients

A 10 16
ALREX 321

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

151

patients, 12% of all patients

10 11 45
TOBRADEX 309

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

147

patients, 12% of all patients

10 12 47
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH

Dexamethasone reduces the i... +

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

277

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

160

patients, 13% of all patients

13 18
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

260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

14 15
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

259

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

254

prescriptions.

51

patients, 4% of all patients

15 1
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

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

245

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

152

patients, 12% of all patients

16 21
LASTACAFT 224

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

82

patients, 7% of all patients

10 17 62
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

206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

151

patients, 12% of all patients

18 2
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

202

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

117

patients, 9% of all patients

19 17
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

Ketorolac is used to relieve moderately severe pain, usually after surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

102

patients, 8% of all patients

R 20 12
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

189

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

52

patients, 4% of all patients

20 8
BACITRACIN 148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

74

patients, 6% of all patients

22 40
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE

Tobramycin and dexamethason... +

Tobramycin and dexamethasone is a combination of an antibiotic and a corticosteroid. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

92

patients, 7% of all patients

23 26
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

24 13
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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

25 5
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

26 7
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

27 3
AZELASTINE HCL

Used to treat hay fever and... +

Used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

46

patients, 4% of all patients

28 35
ACETAZOLAMIDE

Treats glaucoma, certain ty... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

29 42
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

29 34
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

31 27
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 Jan. 12, 2008.
  • 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.