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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,803Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 1254

$1.8M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 1254

1,455 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

25% 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 New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,414 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

2% of this provider’s 1,455 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 1,455 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

66% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$166 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $119 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 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

$1.06M

2012

$1.26M

2013

$1.44M

2014

$1.8M

2015

Number of Claims

8,915

2012

9,970

2013

10,155

2014

10,803

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
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

1,328

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,298

prescriptions.

297

patients, 20% of all patients

1 1
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

998

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

940

prescriptions.

343

patients, 24% of all patients

2 8
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

646

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

628

prescriptions.

167

patients, 11% of all patients

3 4
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

582

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

577

prescriptions.

135

patients, 9% of all patients

4 3
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

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

554

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

549

prescriptions.

238

patients, 16% of all patients

A 5 23
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE

Ketorolac is used to reliev... +

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

538

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

533

prescriptions.

255

patients, 18% of all patients

R 6 10
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

538

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

508

prescriptions.

123

patients, 8% of all patients

6 9
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

429

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

393

prescriptions.

107

patients, 7% of all patients

8 6
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

416

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

411

prescriptions.

192

patients, 13% of all patients

9 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

412

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

395

prescriptions.

138

patients, 9% of all patients

10 5
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

390

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

373

prescriptions.

91

patients, 6% of all patients

11 18
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

375

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

361

prescriptions.

78

patients, 5% of all patients

12 7
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

343

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

100

patients, 7% of all patients

13 17
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

233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

54

patients, 4% of all patients

14 11
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

232

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

97

patients, 7% of all patients

15 16
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

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

227

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

222

prescriptions.

115

patients, 8% of all patients

16 14
PILOCARPINE HCL

Pilocarpine is used to trea... +

Pilocarpine is used to treat dry mouth caused by radiotherapy in people with head and neck cancer and to treat dry mouth in people with Sjogren's syndrome (a condition that affects the immune system and causes dryness of certain parts of the body such as the eyes and mouth). Source: National Library of Medicine

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

68

patients, 5% of all patients

17 28
ACETAZOLAMIDE

Treats glaucoma, certain ty... +

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

207

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

53

patients, 4% of all patients

18 33
ZIOPTAN 206

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

10 19 45
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

74

patients, 5% of all patients

20 12
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

77

patients, 5% of all patients

21 22
ERYTHROMYCIN*

Treats eye infections. Belo... +

Treats eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

98

patients, 7% of all patients

A 22 20
BESIVANCE

Treats bacterial conjunctiv... +

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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

57

patients, 4% of all patients

23 21
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

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

100

patients, 7% of all patients

24 19
XALATAN 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

10 25 69
SIMBRINZA 105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

34

patients, 2% of all patients

25 31
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

66

patients, 5% of all patients

27 15
COSOPT PF 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

28 52
TIMOPTIC OCUDOSE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

18

patients, 1% of all patients

10 29 74
COSOPT 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

10 30 71
NEVANAC 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

31 34
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 20, 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.