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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,786Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 1666

$2.44M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 1666

1,577 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%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 avg Average for
this specialty
in California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,515 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

82% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 58%.

Prescription Price

$155 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $80 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 California
RESTASIS 3,539 3,492 10 1 8
ALREX 1,703 1,680 10 2 38
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 1,281 1,253 10 3 28
BESIVANCE 919 912 10 4 32
LOTEMAX 833 825 10 5 27
VIGAMOX 675 668 6 9
TOBRADEX 518 511 10 7 36
ALPHAGAN P 476 474 8 11
PATADAY 419 413 9 10
LUMIGAN 365 335 10 5
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 351 339 11 29
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 321 315 12 3
ZYMAXID 287 284 13 25
LATANOPROST 280 280 14 1
BROMDAY 280 278 14 22
LASTACAFT 275 272 10 16 48
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 263 255 17 7
ERYTHROMYCIN 260 260 18 19
DORZOLAMIDE HCL 208 200 19 18
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 208 199 R 19 14
PATANOL 208 206 19 17
AZASITE 200 200 22 33
TIMOLOL MALEATE 192 182 23 2
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-DEXAMETH 186 169 24 20
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 183 183 25 6
DUREZOL 174 174 26 21
NEVANAC 173 171 27 13
TRAVATAN Z 147 134 28 4
FLUOROMETHOLONE 120 116 29 26
COMBIGAN 116 116 30 16
AZOPT 98 98 31 15
BEPREVE 77 77 32 31
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 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.