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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Optometrist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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2,253Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 446

$221K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 446

298 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

88% 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 263 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

0% of this provider’s 298 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 263 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

0% of this provider’s 298 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 0%.

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Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 60%.

Prescription Price

$98 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $146 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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

$120K

2012

$153K

2013

$177K

2014

$221K

2015

Number of Claims

1,720

2012

2,397

2013

2,334

2014

2,253

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
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

659

prescriptions, 29% of all prescriptions

623

prescriptions.

109

patients, 37% of all patients

1 1
AZELASTINE HCL

Used to treat hay fever and... +

Used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

274

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

79

patients, 27% of all patients

2 14
BEPREVE 241

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

50

patients, 17% of all patients

3 27
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

212

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

50

patients, 17% of all patients

4 8
PATANOL

Treats itching or watering ... +

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

211

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

197

prescriptions.

51

patients, 17% of all patients

5 10
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

93

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

6 6
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

86

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

7 11
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

84

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

8 5
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

61

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 9 4
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

53

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 10 22
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 Feb. 19, 2010.
  • 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.