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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,862Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 157 out of 1461

$417K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 412 out of 1461

1,161 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

47% 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 1,048 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Antibiotics

3% of this provider’s 1,161 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 1,048 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $216 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$204K

2012

$279K

2013

$352K

2014

$417K

2015

Number of Claims

3,245

2012

4,380

2013

5,042

2014

5,862

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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O

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
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

1,010

prescriptions, 17% of all prescriptions

927

prescriptions.

582

patients, 50% of all patients

1 55
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

856

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

807

prescriptions.

131

patients, 11% of all patients

2 21
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

631

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

550

prescriptions.

260

patients, 22% of all patients

A 3 178
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

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

568

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

523

prescriptions.

362

patients, 31% of all patients

R 4 160
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

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

486

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

425

prescriptions.

330

patients, 28% of all patients

5 145
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

440

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

393

prescriptions.

128

patients, 11% of all patients

6 66
OFLOXACIN

Used to treat bacterial inf... +

Used to treat bacterial infections of the eye, such as conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. Source: National Library of Medicine

261

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

188

patients, 16% of all patients

A 7 138
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

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

172

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

77

patients, 7% of all patients

8 293
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

163

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

9 72
PROLENSA

Used to treat pain or swell... +

Used to treat pain or swelling of the eye following cataract surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

119

patients, 10% of all patients

10 302
FLUOROMETHOLONE

Treats eye conditions cause... +

Treats eye conditions caused by inflammation (swelling). Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

50

patients, 4% of all patients

11 376
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

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

92

patients, 8% of all patients

12 168
MINOCYCLINE HCL

Minocycline is used to trea... +

Minocycline is used to treat bacterial infections including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; acne; and infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

29

patients, 2% of all patients

A 13 258
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

93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

14 116
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

15 79
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

16 110
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

17 217
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

43

patients, 4% of all patients

18 212
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE

Tobramycin and dexamethason... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

19 203
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. 10, 2012.
  • 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.