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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,167Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 104 out of 1254

$849K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 1254

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

23% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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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

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 948 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

82% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$204 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $119 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

4 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

$527K

2012

$641K

2013

$732K

2014

$849K

2015

Number of Claims

4,099

2012

4,530

2013

4,262

2014

4,167

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

358

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

339

prescriptions.

166

patients, 18% of all patients

1 8
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

327

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

322

prescriptions.

87

patients, 9% of all patients

2 6
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

323

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

318

prescriptions.

91

patients, 10% of all patients

3 1
LOTEMAX

Reduces both internal and e... +

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

304

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

155

patients, 16% of all patients

4 22
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

282

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

77

patients, 8% of all patients

5 3
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

277

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

64

patients, 7% of all patients

6 7
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

275

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

107

patients, 11% of all patients

7 2
DUREZOL

Used to treat eye swelling ... +

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

272

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

130

patients, 14% of all patients

8 14
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

182

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

177

prescriptions.

59

patients, 6% of all patients

9 5
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

176

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

97

patients, 10% of all patients

10 16
VIGAMOX

Treats eye infections that ... +

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

165

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

112

patients, 12% of all patients

11 15
BESIVANCE

Treats bacterial conjunctiv... +

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

150

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

108

patients, 11% of all patients

12 21
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

122

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

13 9
PROLENSA

Used to treat pain or swell... +

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

120

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

80

patients, 8% of all patients

14 25
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

108

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

15 4
SIMBRINZA 94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

16 31
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

17 12
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

70

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

18 40
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 23, 2017.
  • 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.