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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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5,570Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 237

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 237

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

11% 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 Missouri
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 947 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

6% of this provider’s 982 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 947 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

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

80% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 56%.

Prescription Price

$198 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $94 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

6 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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

$511K

2012

$669K

2013

$931K

2014

$1.1M

2015

Number of Claims

4,091

2012

4,575

2013

5,493

2014

5,570

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
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

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

883

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

878

prescriptions.

352

patients, 36% of all patients

10 1 12
AZASITE 640

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

612

prescriptions.

179

patients, 18% of all patients

10 2 34
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

529

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

524

prescriptions.

268

patients, 27% of all patients

3 10
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

424

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

419

prescriptions.

107

patients, 11% of all patients

4 3
PROLENSA

Used to treat pain or swell... +

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

329

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

329

prescriptions.

205

patients, 21% of all patients

5 18
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

276

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

108

patients, 11% of all patients

6 2
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

231

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

7 4
BESIVANCE

Treats bacterial conjunctiv... +

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

194

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

139

patients, 14% of all patients

8 17
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

171

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

151

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

9 28
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

155

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

10 5
SIMBRINZA 144

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

11 31
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

131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

12 1
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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

13 9
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

14 32
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

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

100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

59

patients, 6% of all patients

R 15 7
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

A 16 21
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

A 17 52
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

18 16
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

A 19 55
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

A 20 41
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

21 22
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

22 14
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 March 30, 2015.
  • 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.