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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Ophthalmology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,200Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 1666

$1.6M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 1666

1,496 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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 avg Average for
this specialty
in California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,742 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

80% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 58%.

Prescription Price

$131 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $80 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in California
RESTASIS 2,610 2,509 10 1 8
PATADAY 1,067 1,023 2 10
PATANOL 933 904 10 3 17
TIMOLOL MALEATE 864 839 4 2
LATANOPROST 813 798 5 1
LUMIGAN 557 531 6 5
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 548 548 7 6
NEVANAC 485 471 8 13
ZYMAXID 440 423 9 25
TRAVATAN Z 409 397 10 4
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 369 352 11 3
ALPHAGAN P 327 313 12 11
BROMDAY 262 246 13 22
KETOROLAC TROMETHAMINE 217 211 R 14 14
TOBRADEX 190 156 15 36
ALREX 182 173 16 38
ERYTHROMYCIN 177 163 17 19
AZOPT 160 160 18 15
DUREZOL 156 147 19 21
COMBIGAN 141 139 20 16
BEPREVE 120 120 21 31
VIGAMOX 115 105 22 9
NAPHAZOLINE HCL 108 107 23 28
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 103 103 24 7
ISTALOL 95 95 25 45
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 81 75 26 30
LASTACAFT 69 69 27 48
XALATAN 52 52 28 57
ZYLET 52 51 28 54
AZASITE 50 40 30 33
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.